> Kurzweil, who apparently has an impressive track record for predicting
> computer breakthroughs, in his new book ''The Age of Spiritual Machines'' (he
> is also the author of ''The Age of Intelligent Machines," 1990) predicts that
> a computer will pass the "Turing Test" (where you could have a dialogue with a
> computer about deep and meaningful subjects and not be able to tell if it is a
> person or a computer) within 20 years,
That's nothing new. Everyone in Artificial Intelligence knows that passing the Turing Test is 20 years away. Always has been, always will be.
(who does believe computers will pass the Turing Test someday, actually)