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Questions tagged [philosophy]

For questions related to the philosophical aspects of artificial intelligence. Topics such as human/AI value alignment, artificial consciousness, the feasibility of AGI, the ethics of AI, Neo-Luddism, etc.

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Will the transition from automation to robotics become a soft one or abrupt?

State of the art technology in the industry is equal to automation. Lots of machines are used which have increased the productivity. For example a crane, a truck, electric light, a food packaging ...
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Complex systems constituting an entity unto itself

Introduction: The notion that various social complex systems (e.g. society, family, business company, state, etc) could be regarded as ones exhibiting consistent traits of behaviour of their own - ...
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How is it that AI can become biased, and what are the proposals to mitigate this?

This is not meant to be negative or a joke but rather looking for a productive solution on AI development, engineering and its impact on human life: Lately with my Google searches, the AI model keeps ...
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Do robots needs help from psychiatrist?

I've seen recently a video with Dr. Joanne Pransky on Youtube about a woman who is working as a robot psychiatrist. Her daily job is to speak with robots about their mental problems. That means, if a ...
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How do we create a good agent that does not outperform humans?

A lot of research has been done to create the optimal (or "smartest") RL agent, using methods such as A2C. An agent can now beat humans at playing Go, Chess, Poker, Atari Games, DOTA, etc. But I think ...
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Is the expert system still in use today?

In my country Expert System class is mandatory class if you want to take AI specialization in most universities. In class I learned how to make a rule base system, forward chaining, backward chaining, ...
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Is AI research culture predisposed to adversarialism while even the mathematics is more friendly?

Language is how we communicate to one other in the lab, at home, and in educational settings. Word selection matters. Sometimes we don't select well. If we are writers, we may edit a word later or ...
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What does learning mean?

Can someone explain what is the process of learning? What does it mean to learn something?
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The challenges of exports,imports,AI related [closed]

(https://i.stack.imgur.com/GVocm.png) How can I be sure I am not helping any AI related very big organisation unknowingly in ...
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Is learning the same thing as learning to learn?

Learning to Learn The goal of learning is to be able to perform based on what was learned. The goal of learning to learn, such as learning how to study for a class, is to be able to perform too. ...
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Ability to create new algorithm

The notion of algorithm creation is central in considering the complexity of the human brain as well as the AI. The ability to create new algorithms can be qualified as algorithmic in the context of ...
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Can an AI model be based on the principles of rationalism?

Are current AI models entirely empiricist? Can they be rationalist?If so How?
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If AI can perceive, can it be sentient? [duplicate]

AI should be perceiving - I think. There are debates around the world about the intelligence of an Super-Intelligent AI. I'm curious whether AI can have sentience or not.
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Is AI truly doing anything that we can consider ''intelligent'' outside of subjective perception of what we perceive to function?

Artificial intelligence seems like a modelling program for interfaces of possible processes forming into another possible or greater architectures of further or differing processes. In what capacity ...
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Why is the Chinese Room argument such a big deal?

I've been re-reading the Wikipedia article on the Chinese Room argument and I'm... actually quite unimpressed by it. It seems to me to be largely a semantic issue involving the conflation of various ...
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What is the role of biology is in AI?

Biology is used in AI terminology. What are the reasons? What does biology have to do with AI? For instance, why is the genetic algorithm used in AI? Does it fully belong to biology?
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Will Human Cognitive Evolution Drown in Response to Artificial Intelligence?

If Human Intelligence and Creativity are Spawned from Struggle and Adversity would an Adverse-Free World of Artificial Intelligence Abduct Human Intelligence? (Google DeepDream) Simplicity is the ...
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Is an algorithm that is no longer actively learning an AI?

This question assumes a definition of AI based on machine learning, and was inspired by this fun Technology Review post: SOURCE: Is this AI? We drew you a flowchart to work it out (Karen Hao, MIT ...
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The first impact of artificial intelligence on human society?

When and where the basic concept of artificial intelligence begin ? The first impact of artificial intelligence on human society?
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Best movies about artificial intelligence? [closed]

I am a CS student, our professor gave an assignment that each group of our class should watch at least 5 movies based on artificial intelligence, then discuss and share with the whole class. Can ...
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Was Pierce way off the mark?

“Funding artificial intelligence is real stupidity.” -- John R. Pierce Was this computer pioneer way off the mark? – or was there important sub-text there? Pierce was an expert for machine ...
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Do intelligent systems make mistakes?

The intelligence of the human brain is said to be a strong factor leading to human survival. The human brain functions as overseer for many functions the organism requires. Like that, the most ...
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What is chaotic behavior and how it is achieved in non-linear regression and artificial networks?

I'm finding it hard to understand the relationship between chaotic behavior, the human brain, and artificial networks. There are a number of explanations on the web, but it would be very helpful if I ...
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Does AI rely on determinism?

I don’t believe in freewill, but most people do. Although I’m not sure how an act of freewill could even be described (let alone replicated), is libertarian freewill something that is considered for ...
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Is Experience Replay like dreaming?

Drawing parallels between Machine Learning techniques and a human brain is a dangerous operation. When it is done successfully, it can be a powerful tool for vulgarisation, but when it is done with no ...
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General Curiosity

I am interested in the field of Artificial Intelligence. I began by learning the various Machine Learning algorithms. The maths behind some were quite hard. For example back-propagation in ...
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Self-conscious artifical intelligence

How important is self-consciousness (or consciousness in general) for making advanced AIs, and how far away are we from making such? When making e.g. a neural network there's (very probably) no ...
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Is human-like intelligence the smart objective?

It appears to always have been the focus in the literature to approximate components of the human mind, assuming it to be the most advanced. If other animals came into the AI landscape, it was only ...
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Is it necessarry to create theory/infrastructure to prevent people from creating AI incompatible with a safe model (if we create one)?

Nowadays we don't know how to create AI in a safe way (I think that we don't even know yet how to define a safe AI), but there is a lot of research in developing a model allowing it. Let's say, that ...
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Google's Principles of Artificial Intelligence

Earlier this month, Google released a set of principles governing their AI development initiatives. The stated principles are: Objectives for AI Applications: Be socially beneficial. ...
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Limits of artificial emotional intelligence?

I would like to know: Would people go far with Artificial Intelligence and machine learning to the point where machines could learn during a long period of time to distinguish what's 'good' from 'bad'...
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What is neoluddism?

It is well known from the history of technology, that the invention of new things was always problematic. In the 15th century for example, in which Gutenberg has invented the first printing press, the ...
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Intelligence vs. Rationality?

This just popped into my head, and I haven't thought it through, but it feels like a sound question. The definition of intelligence might still be somewhat fuzzy, possibly a factor of our evolving ...
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Will artificial intelligence make the human more rational?

With so much innovation, with so much manual labor being replaced tasks performed in minutes or seconds by an artificial intelligence, one day man will put the survival and propagation of his species ...
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Singularity and GOD [closed]

Theoretically speaking, when the singularity happens, could we aptly describe this event as the creation of GOD? I am agnostic in the sense that I don't believe any of the Gods of the present or past ...
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Why are we asking, “How can we simulate the brain?”

As I've thought about AI, and what I understand of the problems that we face in the creation of it, I've noticed a recurring pattern: we always seem to be asking ourselves, "how can we better simulate ...
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Is a mathematical formula a form of intelligence?

Warning: This question takes us into VALIS territory, but I wouldn't underestimate the profundity of that particular philosopher. There is a non-AI definition of intelligence which is simply "...
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Motivation that drives a rogue AI agent

This is a kind of biological and philosophical question. So, the recent concern in AI is that an AI agent may go rogue with prominent people voicing their concerns. Now say, we have created an AI (...
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Algorithms can be greedy. What are some other algorithmic vices?

Greedy algorithms are well known, and although useful in a local context for certain problems, and even potentially find general, global optimal solutions, they nonetheless trade optimality for ...
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What are the current theories on developing a conscious AI?

Is most development or theory geared towards the idea that consciousness is an emergent phenomenon? That once we put enough complexity into our system, it will become self-aware? Or is this even a ...
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Swarm intelligence vs Normal Human Intelligence

So I read somewhere there are 2 different views of Artificial Intelligence. One is the normal conventional approach where we use ML and AI logical inference programs to mimic a human brain. Another ...
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Is it fair to compare AlphaGo with a Human player?

A human player plays limited games compared to a system that undergoes millions of iterations. Is it really fair to compare AlphaGo with the world #1 player when we know experience increases with the ...
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Can the first emergence of consciousness in evolution be replicated in AI?

At some point in time during the evolution, because of some factors, some beings first started to become conscious of themselves and their surroundings. That conscious experience is beyond some mere ...
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What are the connections between ethics and AI

What are the connections between ethics and artificial intelligence? What are issues that have arisen, especially in the business context? What are issues that may arise?
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At what rate could AI theoretically self-improve?

Due to recursive self-improvement, AI could lead to an intelligence explosion improving on itself year over year exponentially. Assuming the proper environment was created to allow an AI to self-...
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Has it been theoretically proven or dis-proven that a machine can generally think and communicate on its own?

I am not looking for proof of AI (too broad, I know) concepts trying to solve a specific business problem, instead for a proof (or dis-proof) or a model (or a source of the same) where a machine is ...
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Is there a ceiling to intelligence itself?

Some argue that humans are somewhere along the middle of the intelligence spectrum, some say that we are only at the very beginning of the spectrum and there's so much more potential ahead. This ...
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What AI service can define personality portfolio based on text?

Imagine this theoretical situation: A group of people are asked to provide a solution for an imaginary problem via email. Then an AI service runs through their written solution, analyzing the ...
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eXplainable AI and the right to explanation

There has been recent uptick in interest on XAI or eXplainable Artificial Intelligence. Here is XAI's mission as stated on its DARPA page: The Explainable AI (XAI) program aims to create a suite of ...
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Intelligence and Judgement

If we say that we can measure intelligence and judge it with a scale of measurement. We get a quantity back from that measurment. The scale has no extremeties and has no limits in the quantity it ...