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So Keller's "enormous amounts of tactile information and the ability to physically interact with her environment" means that her achievements were not that remarkable? Speaking personally, if I were to lose my sight and hearing, I imagine I would find life extremely daunting, even though I have what seems to me the very considerable advantage of having learned language.

Anne Sullivan's equally remarkable (IMHO) role as a teacher is not really an issue here, as training is also an option for AI, though it might be evidence in a rather different discussion about whether unsupervised learning alone, particularly as practiced today, is likely to get us to AI (clearly, the evolution of intelligence can be cast as unsupervised learning, but that is a very long and uncertain process...)

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