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Joel # Posted on October 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm

@cyberdream, “Artificial intelligence will never be able to solve logical decisions because they are based on our emotions”

Logical decisions by definition are defined by logic, something computers are very good at. Emotional decisions could, in theory, be taught to a machine to calculate how something may impact a person. Our emotions aren’t terribly complex, they’re mostly cause and effect. An AI could simulate emotion, factor it into decision making, but not “feel it” in the way you or I do. It would be a computation for the machine. It could fake emotion without understanding it, though I do believe AI will feel at some point.

I’m with your professor on this one, especially on the basic premise that AI will surpass the human brain. Since you can’t test the processing power of the brain in the way you can test a computer, our processing power can only be estimated. The brain is in fact physically finite, however, which means our maximum processing power must also be finite, knowing that our brains run on electronic and chemical signals. Even if we don’t yet know where the bar is, we will eventually build above it.