Tim, can you first define the elements that combine to make homo sapiens sapiens (man who knows he knows) intelligent in a way that no other living creature is, and then describe how you would go about programming things such as instinct, emotions, abstract concepts and critical thinking into a machine. Because until we can do those things, AI is just science — fiction.
Whenever I see an article with AI in the headline, I’m 90% sure it will be by somebody who is so besotted with technology they have lost all semblance of objectivity.
When Donald Rumsfeld talked a few years ago about things we know we don’t know and things we don’t know we don’t know, he was mocked a tad unfairly. He should have gone further because where it gets interesting is when we consider the things we know but don’t know we know. Those are the things that make us intelligent.
It’s interesting that when you broke your kettle you give the impression that your first thought was to order a replacement from Amazon. Most people would have simply turned on a hotplate or gas jet and boiled water in a saucepan.

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