a reply to: theabsolutetruth
''Computers'' in the contemporary sense are machines"
We are not machines. not sure of your point
"they are not self replicating nor are they organic"
Component parts in phones are becoming so small that humans cannot assemble the parts and no they are not organic but welding soon fixes damage, parts
are easy to replace so not being organic has its advantages like being sent into space.
"they aren't possessing of natural intelligence"
Not sure what you mean but they do come with a bios chip and can correct human mistakes when setting options.
"they are the sum of their parts and only contain programmed 'intelligence' "
if programmed intelligence is better at resolving problems than we are then I see no problem and do remember that even today a programmer cannot
program without being ten steps removed from the bits sent to the CPU and computers will become better programmers than we are.
"when assembled and programmed. They are not autonomous."
I forget where it is but apparently some type of primitive robo-cop has already been deployed in a city and if it can be programmed to plug itself
into a power socket then I say that already it could be considered "autonomous"
it's a bit like computers having a chat and saying humans are not much use because they have legs and not wheels and need food instead of electric
with blood instead of oil but from both a physical aspect and pure thinking capacity these computers will soon have us beat.
As our needs for computers grows whilst their needs for us will demise and do note that the Turing test was past not long ago and grand chest masters
have also be beaten.
We can debate all night what constitutes intelligence because the goal posts keep getting moved all the time so us humans can put ourselves ahead of
the machine but nothing says that life has to be skin and bones (virtual as it maybe) or you need to feel joy to qualify as life.
Bump up the voltage from 3.5v to 3.7v for a CPU might make it feel happy and increasing the frequency might be like getting a caffeine fix in the
morning but if that sounds silly then consider the chemical cocktail your brain sends out to make you feel happy or how electrical signals control
your nerve system.
Sorry but I don't see anything that will stop the track we are on or any disadvantage a computer will have over our thinking powers or our abilities
to remember something when data can be saved to disk, kept for 500 years and then shared between 2000 nodes all at the flick of a button.
if I am right then we are creating something almost 'G' like even if we don't like to admit it and that might have been our purpose all along, just
a small cog in evolution to move on to the next step.