I was re-reading Russell & Norvig's AI textbook (not my field but it never hurts to know things) and ran into this passage that I'd hilighted before and I love it..

"The quest for “artificial flight” succeeded when engineers and inventors stopped imitating birds and started using wind tunnels and learning about aerodynamics. Aeronautical engineering texts do not define the goal of their field as making “machines that fly so exactly like pigeons that they can fool even other pigeons.”"

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