There is no AI. The brute, cold, hard fact of the matter is that does not exist and may never. There are ever more advanced algorithms driving computing systems/software using startlingly complex math and statistics, some of which use hardware that attempts to mimic human neoroarchitecture, but none of these are intelligent. In point of fact none are even close to achieving anything near human level intelligence. And please don’t resort to the definition parsing that is now the new normal in the “AI” world. Hard, soft, deep, narrow, etc. These are all just hedges, ways to deflect attention from the continuing failure of AI researchers to make genuine progress on the development of an actual AI that could challenge a human in any way, other than games of computation like chess and go (and yes jeopardy too can be reduced to computations, in fact almost every [non physical/athletic] game ever invented can. Parts of physical/athletic games can as well but not the whole, not without a body and no serious AI researchers I know of are spending any significant amount of time attempting to embody their putative AIs. In my opinion true intelligence requires a physical body but this is a highly controversial topic and that opinion is not widely shared. See my at home AI build project series for lots more on this) I have written so much on this topic and patiently tried to explain this in so many different ways but still it falls on deaf ears.

Maybe I should ask an AI what I am doing wrong? Ask it to help me explain. If you don’t see the plain impossibility of doing that one relatively simple thing you are missing my point entirely. When that is something I could conceivably do, then AI will be real. Until then it is just computers computing like they have always done and always will.

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