Are we heading for a future in which artificially intelligent computers will exceed our capabilities ?
The concept that we will be overtaken by machines is nothing new, the idea has been proposed in numerous forms in films and media for years. But how likely is it that computers will become more intelligent than humans and is it really possible for a computer to exceed the intellectual capabilities of the human brain ?
While some present day computers are capable of performing specialized tasks better than a human such as playing chess, the limited AI of our time falls a long way short of matching even the intelligence of a 7-year-old in terms of common sense, vision, language and intuition. We would need to see some significant leaps forward in computer intelligence before the scenarios proposed in movies such as 'The Matrix' and 'The Terminator' could ever come to pass.
"The idea of super intelligent machines may sound like the plot of "The Terminator" or "The Matrix," but many experts say the idea isn't far-fetched."
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Source: Discovery News
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