@seldo My husband (a computer engineer) getting grumpy about this exact issue is why my new SF book specifically calls them "learned machines."
I explained it in my author's notes as:
Computer engineers are mostly referring to programs that use "machine learning" and science fiction authors are mostly referring to "non-biological persons."
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