An excellent article which ought to be required reading for some of the rather obsessive type I see around here and elsewhere, burbling about how any day now machine intelligence will outstrip human intelligence.
As someone whose first program was loaded from punched paper tape and who therefore remembers why we sometimes use the term ‘boot up’ instead of start I get fed up of trying to explain to people who think V Basic is a real programming language that the only way we will build intelligent computers in the next few decades is by radically redefining what we mean by intelligence.

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