Computers know as much as the programmer has put into it. It does not come up with new ideas on its own. When it is programmed, it is told, if A = B and B=C, then C=A. This type of formula is telling it what the relationship is and therefore what the answer is. It does not actually think on its own and reasons out its own answer. If a computer can only work off the information/data that it is supplied with, is it truly thinking? Can you ask a computer a question or give it a problem without any prior data and have it use reasoning to find it’s own answer?
As to translation bots, they may seem very intelligent, but they are going off data translations that have already been programmed into its memory. If a programmer did not sit there and key in all the translations it needed, the computer would not be able to translate.
A computer is a lot quicker then the human brain, but again without the human brain, it is only a box with a few wires hanging from it. I do not believe there will ever be “true” artificial intelligence. We may have very smart computers, but they are still working on logic, off data inputted.
Singularity may harm humanity more then help it. When we rely on computers more then ourselves, what have we become? Are we not already a society that sits in front of our TVs, computers, glues to cell phones and Ipods, already? When computers become even more part of life where does that leave us? Will humans even be important? What happens when the electric goes out, a hacker hits, and/or a virus hits? The... [continues]
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