Computers are getting smarter. Some worry about Skynet, others get excited by self-driving cars.
As a child, if we touch a mug and it burns us, we don’t touch the mug again. Before touching the mug we had no concept that it could hurt us — now, we’ll likely go the opposite way and NEVER touch a mug even it’s not filled with hot liquid.
Then we see someone pick up a mug and not get burned. Our framework for the world has changed. Now we know there are moments when the mug is cool enough to touch.
This adjustment of our understanding of the world based on recognizing patterns in our environment is intelligence. And, like us, computers learn through the same type of pattern recognition.