Artificial Intelligence Essay

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Computers are becoming more and more human. In some areas they are superhuman. Computers can calculate complex math problems in less than one millisecond, beat us at games such as chess, memorize entire books and movies in a single glance, compose entire pieces of music, and they can give people information on virtually any subject. Yet, we still don't have a machine that can do the things that computers have done in science fiction movies, such as translate everyday English into Italian, summarize texts, or make us breakfast without burning down the house. But will computers ever become as intelligent as human beings?

According to the website Science Fiction and Fantasy World, artificial intelligence (A.I.) can be defined as "the
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But there are many conflicting views about the technology needed to produce real A.I. Just because computers can get faster doesn't mean they get smarter. People have confused ideal computers with real computers. Although computer scientists and programmers have created plans that are possible in theory, someone needs to write the software that gets the process going, and at the present time, humans have given absolutely no evidence of being able to write such software.

With the invention of many new types of communication devices, we are now all connected through telephones, radios, television, satellites, and the Internet. We are beginning to resemble a massive computer spread across the earth, circuited together through these new channels of communication. Our language, music, morals, and style changes within the course of a year, and we seem to do this collectively without voting or taking polls.

In the future, we may be able to build a computer that is comparable to the human brain, but not until we truly understand one thing. Lewis Thomas talks about this in his essay, "Computers." He says, "It is in our collective behavior that we are most mysterious. We won't be able to construct machines like ourselves until we've understood this, and we're not even close" (Thomas 473). Thomas wrote this essay in 1974, and although we have made many technological advances
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