Here’s a snappy piece by Alva Noë on man vs. machine.
Is the ant smart? Or stupid? Maybe neither. Or, most intriguingly of all, maybe it is both? Is there an experimentum crucis that we might perform to settle a question like this once and for all?
No. Intelligence isn’t like that. It isn’t something that happens inside the bug, or inside us. If intelligence is anything, it is an appropriate and autonomous responsiveness to the world around us. Flexible, real-time sensitivity to actual situations is what we have in mind when we talk about intelligence. And this means that intelligence is always going to be not just a matter of degree, but one of interpretation.