Comparing even “Strong AI” to human intelligence is like comparing an aeroplane with a bird. Sure, the aeroplane will get in the sky, but it will never move through it with the fluid dexterity of the bird. The bird’s dexterity in the air is intrinsic to its form of life. The machine has no form of life, it has a purpose instead.
Language is a matter of a shared horizon of experience. Doing language consists not merely understanding and following rules, but also shaping them in the act of participation. Language requires intuition in the interpretation of rules with a mix of prescription and new precedent. Doing language is like playing a game where the players consent to make up the rules as they go along.
If we are going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb, when it comes, find us doing sensible and human things — praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts — not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs.