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Originally posted by MountainLaurel
The first thing that pops in my mind is the character "Data" from Star Strek, next Generation...some interesting episodes that addressed this issue.
It seems computers can be programed to predict patterns of user behavior, figure out "odds"...but so far I would say the intellegenge is still the result of a human programmer, even though the program may ultimately have the capacity to to solve problems a human may not be capable of without the computers?
I would still define "true" intellegence as requiring critical thinking, tempered by emotions and empathy...but very interesting question Coven.......
Chess seems like a distinctly human activity, requiring intelligence and thought, so how can a computer possibly do it? In this article, we will take a look at this question. What you will find is that computers don't really "play" chess like people do. A computer that is playing chess is not "thinking." Instead, it is calculating through a set of formulas that cause it to make good moves.
Building off decades of artificial-intelligence research, Watson pursues one well-trod path — broadly analyzing vast libraries of text for answers — rather than relying on deep structural knowledge of a very narrow area
"Compared to a human brain, Watson doesn't even come close in computational power,"
Originally posted by coven83
But is it actually possible to create sentient computer program, really?
A robot controlled by human brain cells could soon be trundling around a British lab, New Scientist has learned.
Kevin Warwick and Ben Whalley at the University of Reading, UK, have already used rat brain cells to control a simple wheeled robot.
Some 300,000 rat neurons grown in a nutrient broth and producing spikes of electrical activity were connected to the output of the robot's distance sensors. The neurons proved capable of steering the robot around a small enclosure