Consider that you hear an unfamiliar noise and you are trying to determing its source.


Perhaps you are in an unfamiliar environment and you want to determine if this noise is a threat, perhaps a dangerious animal. Is this noise coming from somthing that is alive 


Can a machine be alive? We are told how far AI is advancing, and this is evidenced by the increasingly seamless way it is integrating itself into the  daily lives of a significant portion of the human population. Without a phone and internet access it is almost impossible to operate in the modern world. Yet how smart is this technology and how soon will it be before it will be convincingly human. The Turing test, proposed by Alan Turing in 1950, was a way to gauge the intelligence of a machine. The idea is simple. To pass the Turing test a computer program would have to convince its human user that it was another human. This could be acheived by getting human subjects to interact with either an AI program or another human, through a computer terminal. In other versions of the tests a human can pass objects behind the screen for the subject, either a human or machine, can assess them. To date no computer program has been able to convincingly pass either version of the test. 

When it comes to raw facts computers surpass even the most prodigious human memory (siri what is the population of Norfolk Island?). This type of AI is able to exactingly answer the most arcane facts simply by doing an internet search. Strictly speaking this is not intelligence merely a voice operated search engine. When it comes to participating in flowing, creative conversations involving opinions, poorly remembered 'facts', ideas, jokes and personal agendas a computer program can only approximately simulate these nuances.