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Frankenstein underestimated the threat that was posed by the monster he had created. Ray Kurzweil believes that AI - or "Frankentelligence" - will be humanity's greatest achievement. I think it is fair to say that Kurzweil's perspective is distorted by the same blind spot that clouded Dr. Frankenstein's thinking.

It’s Alive!! Ray Kurzweil, AI, and Frankentelligence

If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain. Morpheus in The Matrix. Ray Kurzweil is obsessed with artificial intelligence (AI). Kurzweil has written a series of bestselling books–most recently How to Create a Mind–in which he advances the argument that machine intelligence [...]

In the 1990s, IBM's Deep Blue gained the notoriety of defeating Garry Kasparov, the reigning world champion, in a chess match. Remarkable as this feat may have been, Deep Blue could not be described as an "artificially intelligent" computer. In 1950, Alan Turing stated that computers would not achieve AI until they were capable of fooling interactants into believing that the computers were in fact human. IBM's Watson represents the next great leap in the quest for AI. Yet, spectacular as Watson's computing capabilities may be, Watson still flunk the Turing Test 100 times out of 100.

Artificial Intelligence: Is Watson the Real Thing?  

Artificial intelligence represents a threshold in computing that will transform machines into human-like intellectual entities. In a world grown used to rapid technological progress, it hardly stretches the imagination to contemplate next-generation computers that are substantially smaller and more powerful than their predecessors. However, the goal of transforming computers into sentient beings is an entirely different matter.

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