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Do you think humans are smarter than computers (since humans created computers), or are computers smarter than humans?

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asked Aug 23, 2016 in CSC 211 (F16) by Bailey Aasen (100 points)
I think it depends on what you mean by smart. Does smart mean memory? Then absolutely. If it means fast computation, then sure. But what if smart means creative thought? What about the smartness of Bach, Shakespeare, or Van Gogh? I do not think that presently computers have anything close to human creativity.
Humans are smarter than computers because we can make our own decisions. AI is getting close to that with neural networks (look at Mario AI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv6UVOQ0F44) but they are not quite at the level of the human brain yet. We also have feeling and consciousness which elevates our cognition to a level beyond the pure data evaluation computers do.

7 Answers

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I believe that computers are more knowledgeable than humans, since they store all kinds of information that humans cannot remember (that is the reason why humans created computers though). But in terms of smart, I think computers now stand no chance, but in the future they will become smarter than humans.  Most of the computers now can only do things that they are coded or built for. They cannot do the tasks creatively. However, AI is becoming smarter everyday. For examples, Google has successfully created an AI that can beat one of the greatest GO and chess players in the world. So there is a high chance that AI can possibly become smarter than human in the future.

(behold the terminator haha)
answered Aug 23, 2016 by Son Nguyen (100 points)
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Computers are POTENTIALLY smarter than humans, at least to my point of perspective. The point that humans have control over AI and computers cannot be used to argue that humans are actually smarter; and also the knowledge which can be stored in a computer always greatly overwhelms that of a human-being, not to mention the possibility of Quantum Computing. In conclusion to my argument, computers are born to be smarter than humans, and humans have the control over the AI.
answered Aug 23, 2016 by Trung Le (Jayden) (206 points)
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I think computer is smarter than human ONLY when they achieve emotion.
answered Aug 24, 2016 by Minh Ta (1,045 points)
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I think humans in a way are smarter than computers because they are what created it and gave the computer the skill to complete the tasks it can. However, a computer can do things that most, if not all humans cannot do and in an extremely short amount of time.
answered Aug 24, 2016 by Paige Oucheriah (240 points)
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I would say humans are smarter than computers when it comes to overall problem solving when an algorithm isn't really a viable option as a solution. If there is a problem that can be solved by an algorithm, Computers will do it better since they can run the algorithm much quicker with almost zero chance of error. But yeah, humans are probably "smarter" since we are a lot more flexible.
answered Aug 23, 2016 by Brandon Thompson (410 points)
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Oh i commented instead of answered, oops :P
answered Aug 23, 2016 by Jack Cannell (437 points)
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I agree with Minh Ta. It's true that computers are able to recall information and solve problems in seconds. That is what they are programmed to do. However, computers do not have a stream of consciousness nor can they feel emotion. They can not experience the things that humans experience on a day to day basis. We have the option to change how we feel or think about certain behaviors. If we want to change our morals, values, life goals, etc., we can do that at free will. Computers can not change their programming at free will (as far as I'm concerned).
answered Aug 25, 2016 by Jordan Peklo (100 points)