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A Leap from Artificial to Intelligence

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Carissa Schoenick et al.'s article "Moving Beyond the Turing Test with the Allen AI Science Challenge" (Sept. 2017) got me thinking ... less about the article itself than about the many articles on artificial intelligence we see today. I am astonished that people who know what computers can do, and, especially, how they do it, still think we (humankind) will ever create a rational being, much less that the day is near.

I see no such sign. A program that can play winning chess or Go is not one. We all knew it would happen sooner or later. We are talking about a large but finite set of paths through a well-defined set. Clever algorithms? Sure. But such things are the work of engineers, not of the computer or its programs.


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