Program that lot.
Fair enough comments. And certainly at present (or in the next couple of years) it doesn't seem likely that a computer could match a human in situations of the types you mention. But I think the whole point of this debate comes down to - just how "clever" and "self-aware" are computers going to become in the next ten or twenty years? And this is the critical question.
Computers (and electronics in general) are evolving and improving at an unbelievable (and almost frightening) rate. We have gone fron a few transistors in a radio to billions in a computer in fifty or so years - even a tiny mobile phone has half a billion (or whatever - a bloody lot anyhow). Nobody can predict the future - this fact seems to be demonstrated continually these days. But surely the progression in computers would indicate that in ten or twenty years computers will be able to match humans in intuitive, lateral etc. etc. thinking - all the types of novel thinking that humans are good at. As well as this (when it comes to driving cars) a computer will always think logically and not be distracted. For instance it will probably never think to itself "You bastard - I 'll get you for that" - or think to itself at the traffic lights "I'll show this bastard how a proper car accelerates". Of course if computers do become "self-aware" its mind may wander onto thinking pervy thoughts about girl computers.
Or again, maybe computer science will virtually stall and computers never become noticeably more clever or "self-aware" than they are now.
Edited by Kelpiecross, 08 October 2012 - 11:05.