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Can computers be smarter than humans?

Artificial intelligence is getting more and more advanced, so I'm wondering if computers will eventually be smarter than humans. When do you think it'll happen? How will our society look after machines surpass human intelligence?

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    Nov 3 2011: To clarify my question on what it means to be smart, I mean that the computer would be able to do many things that humans can do. For example, having the same learning abilities as humans, or doing scientific research. Although computers are already doing them to some degree, they are not "smart" enough to beat humans yet.

    Of course, there are already many tasks that computers can do better than humans, but for now, they are usually repetitive tasks involving large amounts of data.

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