My conjecture is that AI can only run on electricity , whereas NI (natural intelligence) can only run on organic food.

If my conjecture is correct then given the food source I can differentiate between AI and NI.

What is the likelihood of my conjecture being correct ?

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    Why is your conjecture any different from saying that computers are not alive? Oct 25 at 12:01
  • Donkey ears ago I learned about the lemon battery, in primary school. Oct 25 at 19:39

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Human neurones communicate by passing electrical signals, and a machine can use biomatter as a fuel, so I don’t think your division works.

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    The same argument, from the other side: you can produce electricity (and feed an AI) using common food, which can be a fun educational experiment.
    – RodolfoAP
    Oct 25 at 11:27
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    I've also seen a video of a group trying to train mouse neurons to play Doom. So it's a biological system growing on a circuit board with feedback going back and forth between the two, being fed with some sort of bio matter.
    – JMac
    Oct 25 at 13:49

That may be ONE difference based on how those things currently work.

But the challenge would be to find some criterion that explains how those are different "types" of intelligence (or there may be no differentiating criteria, and no fundamental difference in "type" of intelligence).

Which power source each uses doesn't seem to explain much in that regard.

Also, as Paul notes, machines could potentially use biomatter, so power source may not even be able to serve as a universal differentiating criterion.

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