So, as with Chess, the IBM artifact can now beat humans at the famous TV game Jeopardy. John Markoff’s story in the NY Times is here. Computer supremacy in Chess didn’t change the world and neither will this “triumph”. What we’re seeing is a natural evolution in machine learning algorithms and a manifestation of Moore’s Law.
Kurweil believes that this is a progression to what he calls “The Singularity”–where things become sharply non-linear and our machines may (if all doesn’t go well) decide to consume us.
The more I learn about neuroscience, and about how different our human brain architecture is from that of a digital computer, the more skeptical I become of that perspective.