Years ago I tried to write an expert system - they used to be big in technology (still are), follow the lines, answer the question, and soon you arrive at the answer. I gave up the expert system and instead wrote a monthly tips newsletter for the first PC users. But the experience taught me about complexity and problem solving. So how many out there believe AI is possible? Computers today try to solve your problem immediately, I find it a useless function 99% of the time. Does anyone remember Eliza? ELIZA This was so real to some they thought a person was behind the answers. Are we any more sophisticated today? Are computers? Machine Intelligence, Part I: The Turing Test and Loebner Prize Suppose instead we reversed the Turing test and the test were to judge us? Can we think 'outside the box' while a buzzword, can we? Or are we so predictable, I can ask you a question and know lots about you? http://www.usmessageboard.com/politics/100438-which-is-which.html I tested one AI program below, it failed. ========================================= hello 'Hi there!' are you green 'Most people think I am white.' why 'It is part of my personality.' that is biased 'You don't hear that sentiment very often.' - so I tried over again and got this - why 'Because my botmaster taught me it.' [is the bot master mom should have been my next question.] so you aren't real? 'Interesting deduction. Thanks for the information.' Fails Turing test totally imho. What do you think? TuringHub.com - take a Turing Test Testing http://www.usmessageboard.com/education/113858-what-makes-us-human.html Worth a read http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/magazine/dont-blink-the-hazards-of-confidence.html [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Being-Certain-Believing-Right-Youre/dp/031254152X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8]Amazon.com: On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not (9780312541521): Robert Burton: Books[/ame] Fictional account of the issue. excellent too: [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Galatea-2-2-Novel-Richard-Powers/dp/B004KAB4D8/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8[/ame] PS This stuff came back to me reading David Deutsch's 'the beginning of infinity.'