The New Yorker - 10.24.13 by Gary Marcus
“if it is smart enough, a robot that is designed to play chess might also want to be build a spaceship,”
Still, at some level, the only real difference between enthusiasts and skeptics is a time frame. The futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil thinks true, human-level A.I. will be here in less than two decades. My estimate is at least double that, especially given how little progress has been made in computing common sense; the challenges in building A.I., especially at the software level, are much harder than Kurzweil lets on.
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