Even though this statement is ridiculous I am going to take it at face value and accept it as true. The much more important point is the counter factual at the heart of it, “artificial intelligence programmer.” This simple three word statement exposes the lie at the very center of AI. Intelligence cannot be programmed anymore than thinking can be. I do not question, doubt, or belittle the skill and ingenuity of these programmers and make no bones about their (apparently) sky high pay, but I will continue to point out that they are simply programmers. They are not creating “intelligence” or making machines that are intelligent. They are typing strings of letters, numbers, and symbols (code) into a computer then having the computer (machine plugged into wall somewhere) execute the program as written. These are very clever programs with algorithms based on on complex mathematical/statistical models but they are ultimately still just computers running programs. They are not intelligent and maybe never can be. They are just machines following rote instructions and, before I forget, one one more time for the record, they can’t learn.

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