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AtuM
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For me, programming is translating and transforming a human expectation of how a computer can help, into a code. I am no coder per say, but I can "tell" a computer what to do far more successfully then I can a fellow human.

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    Computers are logical and do exactly what you tell them to. They don’t tire, complain, or fight with you. With patience, you can use them to make everything better.

    Humans are anything but logical and helpful. They often forget or misunderstand instructions, think they know better and make things up as they go, outright refuse to listen, or do the opposite of what you say just to spite you. Dealing with humans requires bargaining, predicting their behavior, subtle manipulation, and outsmarting them in order to get them to do something, even if it’s beneficial to them or someone they like, or even if it’s something they actually want to do.

    Humans are tiring.
    Computers are easy.
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    Windows do feel human at times. Perhaps its by design.
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    I think speech-to-intent is gonna come a long way one of these days, soonish.
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    @Wisecrack
    Like "Cortana, fix my post to make it more appealing on the average devranter. I just have to get that rubber duck."
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    @AtuM or "siri make my post MORE offensive. also order more liquor."
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    For me a pretty good step forward would be to be able to search and replace stuff in some files using simple voice commands. It would require some AI and could use machine learning so it could offer different results so you teach it how to do it right. Eventually it would become fast and accurate.
    Right now, computers and smart devices are just dumb machines following more or less complex set of orders.
    No fear of Terminator scenario yet.
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    @AtuM I would out kimited machine sentience as at most, late wothin this decade. Theres still some oractical research to do but a lot of the theorycrafting, groundwork and models is already there. a lot of it comes down to choosing the correct pieces and putting them together. this optimism comes from someone who is not enthusiastic for the implications. references: *years and years* of reading research papers.
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    @Wisecrack
    I guess we will need to get to know the process of learning before we get to apply it/teach it to machines and perhaps make them sentient (which might even be a quantum process). Question of responsibility will then haunt us for decades to come. I feel that we are long ways from there. We would at least have some resemblance of smart devices by now. Something along the lines of "alarm clock does not wake me if a week day is also a holiday or my day off". ;-)
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