Aug 9, 2016Like Pygmalion, intelligence researchers around the world have endeavored for a great many years to bring forth life from the sculpture. While "artificial intelligence" did not exist in the English language until John McCarthy introduced the phrase in 1956, clearly the concept of manmade intelligence has been a dream shared by even the most ancient of humans. The advent of the Church-Turing thesis in the 1930s formalized the notion of a computer being able to perform the same logical operations as a human. Of course, this did not say anything about whether that capability would lead to a computer being conscious. All that has been said is that the computer can read the notes; it remains to be seen whether we can make it hear the music.