posted on Sep, 18 2006 @ 04:44 PM
The real debate, as has been stated, is whether or not computing power has anything to do with conscious thought. Another idea I've contemplated,
which may come before artificial intelligence, is artificial life. A tree, or a bacterium even, is very much alive... but isn't, as far as we know,
capable of conscious thought. An artificial cell, which is capable of mitosis would be a great leap in that direction. Create that cell, and put at
its basest command adapt self, grow.
Supposing, however, that in 30 years, we've managed to build a purely mechanical component, which equals or surpasses the human brain in raw
processing power, it wouldn't suddenly be alive and intelligent. Even with such a device, it would take a pretty complicated programming language to
be encompassing and adaptable enough to support an artificial intelligence, capable of independant thought.
Life, all life on earth anyway, is scripted, built, and programmed by an incredible source code: DNA, and we as a race are still trying to understand
[edit on 18-9-2006 by BlaznRob]