I've heard that argument, but very little progress has actually been made in AI over the years. There has been a lot of work done.. we've learned a lot, but we're not really any closer to creating a true AI (IMHO).
Chess, for all it's mystique, is ultimately a deterministic game. There are a countable number of possible moves. With current resources, a brute force attack is still not quite feasible, but before long it will be. Go is the same thing. A lot of people want to jump up and down about how Go is so much harder.. but ultimately, there are a finite number of moves there as well.
The problem is that actually doing the things: solving differential equations, playing chess or checkers or whatever, is not where the intelligence is. The only thing required is to follow a set of rules.
Does driving a car require intelligence? There are systems that can do so in a limited fashion already. Well, it seems unlikely that dogs could drive a car (even if they were physically able). Does this mean machines are smarter than dogs? what about pigs, monkeys, doplhins?
I think real intelligence is being able to reason about things. To be able to look outside the system. To construct new systems. Understanding concepts like cause and effect, or infinity. A program to play chess, plays chess. It cannot operate outside of that tiny system. It can't play checkers, it can't play poker. It plays chess. And just like we cannot grasp what may be beyond the universe, the chess program cannot grasp anything beyond its universe.
I think the Turing test is still the best way to prove machine intelligence. But I think there is a distinction between a program that manipulates language in an attempt to fool a person, and an artificial consciousness that actually understands the dialog.
... we might find a whole lot of human experience doesn't really need intelligence after all.
I think that's true. Most of what we do does not require a lot of intelligence. We humans like to wallow in our superiority, but I doubt we're as high up the ladder as we like to imagine.
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