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Are Computers Already Smarter Than Humans?

Whos smarter  you, or the computer or device on which youre reading this?

Computers are more adept at solving quandaries that benefit from their unique skillset, but humans hold the edge on tasks that machines cant yet perform.

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In some respects, computers can be more intelligent than humans in terms of learning and problem solving, according to experts such as Technion-Israel Institute of Technology professor Shlomo Maital.

"Today, computers can learn faster than humans, e.g., [IBM's] Watson can read and remember all the research on cancer, no human could," Maital notes.

Meanwhile,'s Satya Mallick says artificial intelligence can be trained to outperform humans in certain tasks such as visual recognition, in which "there is a vast amount of data we can gather to solve these tasks and/or they are repetitive tasks."

However, experts concur computers still cannot match humans for their general intelligence, creativity, or common-sense knowledge or understanding of the world. CEO John Grohol sees the attainment of creativity and intuition by computers as perhaps an unreachable goal, while Nara Logics CEO Jana Eggers says computers lack the human concept of meaning, such as emotional experience.

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