I get so annoyed by articles like this.
Human brains ARE machines. Any argument that any idiot wants to make against machines ever being capable of anything can be applied with equal validity to our own brains.
I am, of course, ignoring any religious nonsense. If you are of the opinion that some god has infused something mystical into humans, then of course you don't see that biological brains aren't anything special. That's fine, you run along and have a good life while I continue complaining. As you leave, I might want to ask what the purpose of that brain organ is if your mysterious addition is what really runs the show, and why physical damage to that organ so easily interferes with the magical functions so thoughtfully provided, but never mind - you just go along now.
For the rest of us: morons like this person need to remember that reflexivity is not a law of the universe. A hammer is a tool, a hammer cannot saw wood, therefore no tool can saw wood is instantly seen as an idiotic syllogism, but somehow equally stupid statements about the limitations of machines with regard to intelligence are happily swallowed whole. Artificial intelligence may be unreachable with a x86 processor, but x86 processors do not define the limitations of machines.
If machines cannot be intelligent, then we aren't machines. That's about as simply as it can be said. So, I'd like to ask the fools who insist that machine intelligence has limits one question:
If our brains aren't machines, then what the hell are they?
Never mind. They won't answer that. They'll prattle on about entropy and boolean logic and other nonsense. Why? Why do people think humans are so unusual? We really aren't: any honest look at animal intelligence shows where we came from and how we evolved. Yes, artificial intelligence is far, far away from us right now. But so is a flatworm, yet those without religious prejudice know full well that primitive nervous systems are the building blocks that created more complex and capable systems. There's no magic here. There may be mystery: processes we don't yet understand. So what? No matter how complex something is, it still obeys the laws of physics and can be duplicated artificially. Maybe not now, maybe not for ten thousand years, but it can and will be done. There are no more limitations for artificial intelligence then there are for biological. None.
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The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action in mind. (Frank Herbert)