I'm seeing a lot of answers from people along the lines of "AI is just bits and bytes and ultimately cannot be smarter than its creator because its creator would have to use their brain to make something smarter than themselves, which isn't possible."
It's kind of baffling to me to see these answers, especially in regards to the singularity, on a forum dedicated to AI. There is already image recognition that can recognize objects more accurately than humans, IBM's Watson can diagnose lung cancer at a rate much more accurately than human physicians, and Google's Alpha Go beat the Go world champion, even while experts were predicting that AI wouldn't succeed at doing this for another 10 years.
At the same time, I am completely certain that any of the individual programmers of Alpha Go would not have succeeded in defeating the Go champion of the world. I'm also fairly certain that the Watson programmers would not do better than Watson or a human physician at identifying lung cancer. These are already cases of the AI being more intelligent than its programmer, albeit in domain-specific cases.
Therefore, it seems wholly lazy and uncreative for people to provide such answers that AI cannot be more intelligent than a single creator and therefore human-level AI and beyond is not possible. I think it does not contribute to the discussion.