Posted on June 9, 2012


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Some scientists are paranoid.  They say that it’s just a matter of time before machines become smarter than humans and that we’re inventing ourselves into extinction or slavery.  Others are excited.  They see the possibility of machines which can truly fill in the gaps that humans can’t handle, or even to expand human intelligence.  But whether or not one’s perspective is based on The Terminator or Star Wars, the inevitability of comprehensive and ubiquitous artificial intelligence is very real.

But to start out, let’s accept a simple fact that programmers have known for a very long time.  Computers are stupid.  When I say stupid, I mean they’re dumber than a box of rocks. Whenever you see computers doing something “smart”, it’s really running an algorithm that was thought up by some corporate lackey sitting in a cubicle and eating day-old donuts and drinking stale coffee.  That is, unless they work for…

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