Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Looking at Intelligence through the Other End of the Telescope

I see that Peter Day, Global Business Correspondent for BBC News, has now entered the artificial intelligence fray with a "think piece" (those are scare quotes) about if and when machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence. While I have enjoyed many of Day's broadcasts, I was dismayed to see that he is the latest to "understand" the Turing Test through hearsay, rather than through what Turing actually wrote. I am also waiting for someone in this argument to suggest that one way in which computers will be more intelligent than humans is that, through their dependences on computers, humans will get progressively more stupid. So computers just need to sit and wait!

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