Douglas Hofstadter raises a very interesting point regarding AI: can you really say that a machine it’s intelligent if it’s not actually thinking? (and not just crunching huge amounts of data to get a probabilistically advantageous answer)
If you ask me in principle if it’s possible for a computing hardware to do something like thinking, I would say absolutely it’s possible. Computing hardware can do anything that a brain could do, but I don’t think at this point we’re doing what brains do. We’re simulating the surface level of it, and many people are falling for the illusion.