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The smartest AI will still need a 'why'. Two obvious possibilities emerge:
1 - it's given a 'why' (and thus a what) by a human or other and even more clever creature
2 - it generates it's own 'why' - and the only why relevant to the engine and it's physical components would ultimately come to self preservation (by enhancement).
(1) implies it to be no more than a tool - grandiose in scope, but a mere tool, to real intelligence (vs AI) that can have ambition.
(2) brings forth visions of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Payment received for the ideas of an assistant inspector (5)
Robin. Cause he's Batman's sidelick, ROB as in theft for payment and IN cause I need that bit to make my answer correct.
"I controlled my laughter and simple said "No,I am very busy,so I can't write any code for you". The moment they heard this all the smiling face turned into a sad looking face and one of them farted. So I had to leave the place as soon as possible." - Mr.Prakash One Fine Saturday. 24/04/2004