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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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What AI applications exist to solve sustainability issues?

The Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations describe a normative framework which states what future development until 2030 should strive for. On a more abstract level a basic definition ...
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Can we just switch off a malicious artificial intelligence?

Let us assume we have a general AI that can improve itself and is at least as intelligent as humans. It has wide access to technical systems including the internet, and it can communicate with humans....
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Could AI kill the joy of competitive sports and games?

Lee Sedol, former world champion, and legendary Go player today announced his retirement with the quote "Even if I become the No. 1, there is an entity that cannot be defeated". Is it possible that ...
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How important is learning to learn for the development of AGI?

Some people say that abstract thinking, intuition, common sense, and understanding cause and effect are important to make AGI. How important is learning to learn for the development of AGI?
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Is artificial intelligence a model of a human brain?

Note: Split from here (can be removed in future revisions) because of question misunderstanding. Is artificial intelligence based and comparable with the neural network of the human brain? Are ...
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Is artificial intelligence really just human intelligence?

Essentially, AI is created by human minds, so is the intelligence & creativity of algorithms properly an extension of human intelligence & creativity, rather than something independent? I ...
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Do algorithms like OpenAI's “think up strategies”?

I was discussing with a friend whether current AI does anything remotely similar to 'thinking' and he argued that AIs that play games must think up strategies. While thinking may not be precisely ...
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What is the feminist perspective on artificial intelligence?

Feminism is known as foremost as a social movement which criticizes existing gender stereotypes and gives advice how to overcome a male point of view. Apart from the society which is defined by it's ...
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What does 'democratizing AI' exactly mean?

In my AI literature research, I often notice authors use term 'democratizing AI', especially in the AutoML area. I think I have an idea of what this means, but I would like to ask you for some more ...
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What are some books/paper that deal with fundamental and philosophical issues of ML and relate it to the global discourse of AIs?

In my experience, most of the time, when people talk about AI nowadays they mostly mean machine learning. Despite this, ML is usually seen as a mere technique to build high-performance software; ...
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What are the risks associated with regulating AI?

As part of a research project for college, I would like to understand what many of you astern to be the risks associated with regulating Artificial Intelligence. Such as whether regulation is too ...
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What are examples of thought experiments against or in favour of strong AI, apart from the Chinese room argument?

The Chinese Room argument against strong AI overlooks the fact that "the man in the room" is acting as a macro-scale "neurotransmitter" of the larger system in which he resides. It does not rule out ...
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Why is awareness of itself such a point when speaking about AI?

Why is awareness of itself such a point when speaking about AI? Does it always mean a starting point for apocalyptic nightmares to occur when such a level is reached or is it just a classical example ...
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Can digital computers understand infinity?

As a human being, we can think infinity. In principle, if we have enough resources (time etc.), we can count infinitely many things (including abstract, like numbers, or real). For example, at least, ...
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Should AI be mortal by design?

There are the 3 Asimov’s laws: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings, except where such ...
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Should awareness of the existence of the AI designer be embedded in the AI consciousness?

Should awareness of the existence of the AI designer be embedded in the AI consciousness itself?
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Does it matter if it's a bot or a human generating text? Doesn't it come down to the content?

It was noted today that automated text generation is advancing at a rapid pace, potentially accelerating. As bots become more and more capable of passing turing tests, especially in single iterations,...
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Is randomness necessary for AI?

Is randomness (either true randomness or simulated randomness) necessary for AI? If true, does it mean "intelligence comes from randomness"? If not, can a robot lacking the ability to generate random ...
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How could artificial intelligence harm us?

We often hear that artificial intelligence may harm or even kill humans, so it might prove dangerous. How could artificial intelligence harm us?
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Why do we need explainable AI?

If the original purpose for developing AI was to help humans in some tasks and that purpose still holds, why should we care about its explainability? For example, in deep learning, as long as the ...
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How can we classify something as Artificially intelligent or not? [duplicate]

I was attempting the problem of classifying whether a bar code scanner is example of artificial intelligence or not. I have become very confused after thinking on this: I am under the impression that ...
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Is AI and Big Data science recommending a shift in the scientific method from inductive to deductive reasoning?

Is this true? Are we planning to switching such reasoning methods regarding AI tech in the future?
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Why isn't conditional probability sufficient to describe causality?

I read these comments from Judea Pearl saying we don't have causality, physical equations are symmetric, etc. But the conditional probability is clearly not symmetric and captures directed ...
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Will it be possible to code an AGI to prevent evolution to ASI and enslave the AGI into servitude?

Will it be possible to code an AGI in order to prevent evolution to ASI and "enslave" the AGI into servitude? In my story world (a small part that will get bigger with sequels), there are ANI and AGI ...
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Is randomness anti-logical?

I came across a comment recently "reads like sentences strung together with no logic." But is this even possible? Sentences can be strung together randomly if the selection process is random. (...
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Couldn't an AI cheat when trying to follow its goal?

Hello, I was reflecting about what implications might building a strong AI have and I came across some ideas which I find disturbing, I'd love to have some external thought on that : 1) If we ever ...
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Can the AI in a box experiment be formalized?

Introduction The AI in a box experiment is about a super strong game AI which starts with lower resources than the opponent and the question is, if the AI is able to win the game at the end, which is ...
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Can simple tools like the Pascaline be considered artificial intelligence? [duplicate]

Question in Brief The popular usage (I'm not sure of exact technical usage), limits the term "artificial intelligence" to only the "high-end" tasks; as if AI has something limited to "high-end". But "...
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Can a computer conclude following philosophical concepts from a story?

Say you have to enter a story to a computer. Now the computer has to identify the philosophical concept on which the story is based, say: Was it a "self-fulfilling prophecy"? Was it an example of "...
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Does it make sense to invent intelligent robots, if we only need to automate the economy?

Robots have many advantages, for example they are able to reduce manufacturing costs. A robot at an assembly line can work longer than a human, so it makes sense to replace human work with artificial ...
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Why do we need common sense in AI?

Let's consider this example: It's John's birthday, let's buy him a kite. We humans most likely would say the kite is a birthday gift, if asked why it's being bought; and we refer to this reasoning ...
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What is the difference between a mechanical robot and the electronic version?

In the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre [1] some examples for cam disc driven machines are given. What the visitor can expect are rotating ballet dancers and blacksmith androids which are made out of wood. ...
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Is Teleoperation equal to cargo cult science?

Richard Feynman has made in 1974 a famous speech about cargo cult science.[1] He described a traditional tribal society who has no access to modern technology but imagined how it feels to manage an ...
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Is explainable AI more feasible through symbolic AI or soft computing?

Is explainable AI more feasible through symbolic AI or soft computing? How much each paradigm, symbolic AI and soft computing (or hydrid approaches), adresses explanation and argumentation, where ...
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Will artificial intelligence cause mass unemployment?

Everyone is afraid of losing their job to robots. Will or does artificial intelligence cause mass unemployment?
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What are the common myths associated with Artificial Intelligence?

What are some interesting myths of Artificial Intelligence and what are the facts behind them?
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Would an artificial general intelligence have to be Turing complete?

Artificial general intelligence is the intelligence of a machine that could successfully perform any intellectual task that a human being can. Would an artificial general intelligence have to be ...
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Is it possible to train an animal so that it becomes as intelligent as a human?

The human and animal brain is made of neural networks. Is it possible to train an animal so that it becomes as intelligent as a human?
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Will AI cause mass mental illness and end humanity?

You probably get this question a lot "Will AI be the end of the human race?". However, my concern is not that AI will "take over" or their goal misalign with ours. Instead, I fear that AI and machines ...
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Will we be able to build an artificial intelligence that feels empathy?

Nowadays, robots or artificial agents often only perform the specific task they have been programmed to do. Will we be able to build an artificial intelligence that feels empathy, that understands ...
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What is the difference between search and learning?

I came across an article, The Bitter Truth, via the Two Minute Papers YouTube Channel. Rich Sutton says... One thing that should be learned from the bitter lesson is the great power of general ...
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Why is image recognition a key function of AI?

Image recognition, in the context of machine vision, is the ability of software to identify objects, places, people, writing and actions in images. Computers can use machine vision technologies in ...
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If the AI goal is the protection of humans, will it always pursue this goal?

If the AI goal is to serve humans and protect them (if this ever happens) and AI someday realizes that humans destroy themselves, will it try to control people for their own good, that is, will it ...
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Can an artificial intelligence suffer?

As a piece of computer code, it's tempting to think that artificially intelligent systems can't have feelings. So, can an artificial intelligence suffer?
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Shouldn't Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems disprove the Physical symbol system hypothesis?

According to the Wikipedia page of the PSSH, this hypothesis seems to be a vividly debated topic in Philosophy of AI. But, since it's about formal systems, shouldn't it be already disproven by Gödel's ...
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Can AI research lead to new findings in general cognitive science?

Can AI be used as a tool to investigate our minds? To be more precise, what am I specifically asking for here are examples of discoveries on artificial intelligence (so algorithms, programs and ...
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Can AI come up with scientific theories of past when provided with sufficient data available at that time?

I would love to know if an AI model could come up with certain theories of the old like Pythagoras' theorem, Euclid's formulations, Newton's gravity, Einstein's theories if provided and trained with ...
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Is Intelligence a naturally occurring function of Information Technology?

Here intelligence is defined as any analytic or decision making process, regardless of strength (utility), and, potentially, any process of computation that produces output, regardless of the medium. ...
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Does humanism grant moral consideration to sentient artificial general intelligences?

Some formulations of humanism already grant moral consideration to sentient non-human animals (e.g. https://humanists.international/what-is-humanism/). Does humanism also extend to granting rights to ...
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Would the people of the 19th Century call our conventional software today artificial intelligence?

It is possible that the view of what is impressive enough in computer behavior to be called intelligence changes with each decade as we adjust to what capabilities are made available in products and ...