I offered the piece as a great discussion on a scientists POV of the AI argument and the ensuing discussion amongst us ordinary folk! I'm not sure how many neurosurgeons you know or the many procedures you have watched but the only qualified person I know tells me he does not believe that brain damage equals mind damage, only its ability to interact with the world as it used to...
To those who keep quoting "Moores Law" - go and check it out, its not a law, just a prediction by Gordon Moore in 1965 which has actually been altered since by Intel empoyees. It means precisely zero as a scientific belief, it really belongs to the IT marketing sphere and now that we have made the move to multi core processing,it is pretty much nearing the point of 'defunct' as a concept.
Don't get me wrong I'm not arguing against the notion of AI but as you will likely know already there are many opinions on where/how far it will go. I too agree the AI breakthrough will be profound for mankind, as profound as the discovery of life somewhere other than on this planet, I hope I am around to see both.
I do however believe that great thinkers and innovators like Sharkey have our best interests at heart with articles like the one I posted, he is certainly well qualified to comment on the sphere of robotics and AI, I dare say moreso than most of us! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noel_Sharkey)
The argument over AI and the extent it can take us to will go on for the foreseeable but for us to believe right now that 'such and such' will definitely happen is misguided because we simply don't know yet. We might as well just pick any religion at random and follow its beliefs. Someone tells us to believe it and it sounds nice so we will...!