New Scientist | Tech in a Minute: Can machines ever be intelligent?

January 5, 2012

New Scientist | Machines may be capable of impressive feats, but can they ever be truly intelligent? In this animation produced by The Open University, we follow a famous thought experiment proposed by philosopher John Searle that challenges the notion of strong AI — that a machine can ever successfully perform an intellectual task as well as a human.

Today, people use computers to improve their own intelligence and communication skills, putting into question the relationship between language and thought. Robots are also taking on different forms: a new generation of smart, squishy robots is defying our expectations of an intelligent machine while virtual robots are acquiring certain quirks of human thought by associating abstract concepts with their bodies.

If you enjoyed this post, check out a deceptive robot that can trick humans or watch different ways that machines can pass for humans.

Source: New Scientist

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