>Assuming that you take yourself to be "intelligent", how do you know that
>you know that you know and that you're not just a pre-programmed system which
>has been programmed to claim that it knows that it knows? I'm not being
>facetious here, I'm perfectly serious: most arguments against AI start by
>claiming that humans have wonderful facilities which computers don't, when
>they have absolutely no proof.
My favorite example of something a human can do that a computer can't is putting
pillow case on a pillow. From our usual perspective, this seems trivial compared to
playing grandmaster level chess or doing Matlab style symbolic integration - but it
really does turn out to be very, very difficult!
I do believe that the essense of intelligence is computational - claiming it
isn't seems like dualism to me. We are, in a sense, preprogrammed systems. What
seperates us from Turing
machines though is the program we're running. There's nothing we can do that, in theory, a computer can't. We're just not clever enough to tell it how.