Here on Topix? I have had to quit using the word "faith", except for the mindless mental "masterbation" that the godbots engage in.<quoted text>
I also prefer not to use the words faith in that context given the way the Christians try to fuse and confuse the two. I call what you have described partial knowledge, evidence based belief, trust, or confidence.
I reserve the word faith for the belief that the sun will be destroyed along with the rest of universe in an Armageddon following the return of Jesus.
I define intelligence as the ability of an organism to discriminate between different stimuli and to make decisions about differentially based on them in ways that benefit it more than random responses would.
At a higher level, intelligence also includes the ability to learn and to adapt to environmental change, meaning to do those things better with time.
I would agree-- but even plants have a very low-grade intelligence, and appear to have some limited adaptation to conditions.
It's a very wide range, here-- even the lowliest life form can adapt whereas a simple crystal growth cannot.
And that is the major difference, I think: adaptation to the never-ending change.
One day, not too far off? I think machines will become intelligent in such a way, only an expert could tell they are machines, and not organic life.
Terminator? Unlikely-- machines would be too delicate a structure, too easy to disrupt.
It is always easier to destroy than to maintain a high level of complexity.