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I am agnostic towards the possibility of creating a human-level intelligence artificially.  But were it created, it would certainly be far more than human, and far more vast and powerful than we can truly comprehend, simply because it would be able to combine what we do well with what computers do well at a natural level.

I once read a suggestion that, if a sentient computer were ever created, its low-level number-crunching power would be as far removed from the conscious layer as human consciousness is removed from neural activity and so, for instance, the intelligent computer would still have to "open a calculator app" in order to do mathematical operations consciously, and it wouldn't be much faster than a human using a computer.

Economics is politics by other means

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Aug 26th, 2011 at 10:21:36 AM EST
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