like i said a few comments back, you've been watching too much sci-fi and have no concept of how this stuff is actually made
I've been consistently ignoring such snide remarks and I'm going to continue doing so... but my willingness to be so patient with your snark is wearing thin. Cut it out or I'll simply stop responding.
As for whether or not I know "how this stuff is actually made", you might consider that I'm a professional software engineer with 25 years' experience, currently working for Google. I know quite a lot about how "this stuff is actually made", including familiarity with current machine learning techniques, since I'm a guy who makes it. I also personally know a couple of people who've worked on Watson (I worked for IBM for 15 years, including on Watson Labs research projects)... and they agree with my perspective on this question: AI is clearly possible; we don't yet know how to create it because we don't understand intelligence.
***we already understand "artificial intelligence" it's just code***
You can argue in exactly the same way that programmers in the 1950s understood how to implement knowledge graphs. Or computer vision. Or voice recognition. After all... they're "just code". Never mind that programmers of that era had no conception of the modern algorithms needed to actually make those things work. What they lacked wasn't just horsepower, but fundamental understanding of the problems and the solution. They couldn't build a computer system capable of driving a car that was infeasible only because it couldn't compute quickly enough, they couldn't build such a system at all.
the notion that "artificial intelligence" is something that we can 100% "undesrtand" shows a fundamental misunderstanding of what "artificial intelligence" actually is...it's just software running on hardware, all programed by humans
Certainly it will be software running on hardware, all programmed by humans. Humans that understand what intelligence actually is and how it works... something that we don't yet know. To get a little more specific, it appears that human "intelligence" is actually a collection of several different components, with several emergent properties. It's long been thought that "self-awareness" is the key emergent property, but many animals have self-awareness and yet lack the crucial ability that makes humans distinct.
The current best thinking is that the distinction is a particular form of creativity. Specifically, the ability to create abstract explanations. We certainly know how to write computer programs that manipulate abstractions, but they're abstractions of the programmer's creation, not of the program's. We need to learn how to write software that is able to create and criticize its own conjectured solutions to problems. We do not yet know how to do that.
We know it's possible, because we possess computers that can do it. In our heads.
I linked you to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights...you should at least have a cursory undestanding of how civil rights works in the US...it's absolutely ridiculous that you think I need to proffer up some sort of link to prove humans have free will
There are several misunderstandings implicit in this sentence.
First, I didn't ask for a link to prove humans have free will. You mentioned current legal definitions of free will. I asked for a cite to explain what such legal definitions are.
Second, you seem to think that civil rights are somehow related to free will. I don't see any such link. It's perfectly possible to have free will without having any civil rights, and it's equally possible to have civil rights without free will. I suppose you're trying to argue that we have established systems of human rights in order to protect the expression of free will... but that's clearly a second or third-order effect.
Third, you seem to think I'm questioning the existence of free will. I'm not. I don't think our perception of free will is in any way incompatible with the notion that our brains are deterministic machines... and I also don't think that they necessarily are. Quantum effects may well add a non-trivial amount of non-determinism to our thought processes. Such non-determinism may be a necessary component of what we perceive as free will, or it may not. We don't (yet) know. And it's possible that this non-determinism is both fundamental and is the mechanism by which a supernatural influence (e.g. our souls) play into the picture. Actually "supernatural" isn't quite the right word, because if there is such an effect it is also natural, just not part of the physics we understand.