Just a little more from Kurzweil (I'm not sure Leo is
going to agree with this..):

"The three tasks that have to do with human-level
understanding of natural language - reviewing a movie,
holding a press conference, and translating speech -
are the most difficult.  Once we can take down these
signs, we'll have Turing-level machines, and the era
of strong AI will have started.

This era will creep up on us.  As long as there are
any discrepancies between human and machine
performance - areas in which humans outperform
machines - strong AI skeptics will sieze on these
differences. [..] Our perceptions of performance will
shift quickly from pathetic to daunting as the knee of
the exponential curve is reached for each human

Kordiale, James Chandler
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