How machines can think better is not a problem, because I am sure we can create a machine which can think better than humans, and further that machine will create next generation machine who will be think more smarter and can do much better than humans.
I think bigger question is how we think today? rather is it enough to think only? as like machines “think”? If yes then what will be uniqueness of humans, machines can always think better than humans.
Earlier human were using body and brain equally, later on machines came to automate the mechanization like cycle, cars, motors, computer, ticket counter, vending machine etc., they almost took away the body function of humans, and we became limited toward using our brain, because we have machine which can do better and efficient job than our body, but as a consequence we lost the efficient function of our body.
The Bank of England’s chief economist predicts that robots will replace 80 million US workers over the next 20 to 30 years
I really appreciate giant like Elon Musk who realizes that excessive automation and AI is not good. It’s not about being good or bad, point is if all the jobs will be done by machines, then what the humans will do? Are we not creating our own spiral death by making our our devices redundant?
Before we keep building technology which keep making humans redundant, we need to take a pause, think for a while and figure out, in which direction we are moving. Here is one interesting starting point to think, a report by Mckinsey, In the era of automation what is the future of Jobs, skills and wages.
I believe we need to think more, we need to change our education system, skills and professional ability architecture to create a differentiating factor compare to machine. Humans can think as like machine do, but I believe human can think differently, we need to train and grow those ability, for example every decision humans doesn’t take by statistics, as usually machine do, we need to be more stronger on those traits. We also need next generation products which can establish the true meaning of humans race by distinction of intelligence, values and empathy.