Re: Mycroft Holmes currently being developed?
I am on p. 300 or so of Roger Penrose's book The Emperor's New Mind
and instead of starting a brand new thread thought I might continue this one.
Penrose argues that "Strong AI" is probably not possible...though I am just getting to that part, after 300 pages of mathematics and physics. So, whether you agree or not with his thesis (and apparently the majority of physicists and especially, AI researchers do not) reading the book is very educational.
Anyway, I did some Web research on the topic and was amused to note that Wikipedia's article on Strong AI completely misses that RAH wrote it into TMIAHM well before 2001: A Space Odyssey
Here's a chart attributed to Ray Kurzweil that shows computer "power required for human brain functional simulation" at year 2013.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PPTSuperComputersPRINT.jpg
Color me skeptical.
I may have more to say when I'm finished with Penrose's book.