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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
36
votes
14answers
9k views

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?
42
votes
9answers
9k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
30 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
49 views

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?
4
votes
4answers
109 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
39 views

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 ...
6
votes
5answers
179 views

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. (...
0
votes
2answers
72 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
40 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
26 views

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 "...
4
votes
2answers
143 views

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 "...
1
vote
3answers
148 views

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 ...
10
votes
5answers
6k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

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. ...
0
votes
2answers
76 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
32 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
94 views

Will artificial intelligence cause mass unemployment?

Everyone is afraid of losing their job to robots. Will or does artificial intelligence cause mass unemployment?
10
votes
2answers
281 views

What are the common myths associated with Artificial Intelligence?

What are some interesting myths of Artificial Intelligence and what are the facts behind them?
2
votes
2answers
84 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
93 views

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?
0
votes
2answers
100 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
150 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
120 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
163 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
123 views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
118 views

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?
3
votes
3answers
84 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
113 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
46 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
28 views

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. ...
3
votes
1answer
56 views

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 ...
7
votes
3answers
163 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
70 views

How would a quantum computer potentially facilitate artificial consciousness, assuming it is possible?

How would a quantum computer potentially facilitate artificial consciousness, assuming it is possible?
1
vote
0answers
27 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
28 views

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 - ...
6
votes
3answers
257 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
44 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
70 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
332 views

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, ...
1
vote
1answer
64 views

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 ...
7
votes
4answers
96 views

What does learning mean?

Can someone explain what is the process of learning? What does it mean to learn something?
2
votes
1answer
84 views

How can we create eXplainable Artificial Intelligence?

Currently, we can build the Artificial Intelligence (AI) approaches that respectively explain their actions within the use of goal trees 1. By moving up and down across the tree, it keeps tracking the ...
3
votes
1answer
111 views

Are human brain processes, like intuition or imagination, algorithmic?

Are human brain processes, like intuition, creativity, imagination and the ability to create art, algorithmic processes (that is, produced by an algorithm)?
3
votes
3answers
159 views

Can an AI model be based on the principles of rationalism?

Are current AI models entirely empiricist? Can they be rationalist?If so How?
3
votes
3answers
261 views

If AI can perceive, can it be sentient? [duplicate]

I think that AI perceive the world. Can an AI be sentient?
0
votes
1answer
27 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
374 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
222 views

What is the role of biology 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?
1
vote
1answer
195 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
116 views

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 ...