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Kurzweil and others in AI think that computers will
surpassing human intelligence in about 30 years.
For example, see
overly optimistic entry on wikipedia.
The media also seems to over-hype things.
For example, when Deep Blue beat Kasporov there were headlines
about how computers are smarter than people.
These types of article seem to overlook the computational
complexity of some of these problems.
(Though one can say that we work on worst case and asy results
while they work on ``real world problems''.)
My impression of Computer Chess is that they originally wanted
a domain where computers could learn and adapt, but winning
became too important and computers became too fast, so
that (very clever) brute force searches took over.
They may have more luck with the game of Go which is likely
not able to be won with (even very clever) brute force.
However, the whole story seems to be to show the
computers are nowhere near human intelligence.
(I grant that these terms are hard to define.)