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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the most instructive movies about artificial intelligence?

The field of AI has expanded profoundly in recent years, as has public awareness and interest. This includes the arts, where fiction about AI has been popular since at least Isaac Asimov. Films on ...
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What are the minimum requirements to call something AI?

I believe artificial intelligence (AI) term is overused nowadays. For example, people see that something is self-moving and they call it AI, even if it's on autopilot (like cars or planes) or there 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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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 ...
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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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Should we fear an AGI if it will be equivalent to a human?

It seems to me that the first AGIs ought to be able to perform the same sort and variety of tasks as people, with the most computationally strenuous tasks taking an amount of time compared to how long ...
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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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Is there a theoretical maximum for intelligence?

From Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, Third Edition, Chapter 26: Note that the concept of ultraintelligent machines assumes that intelligence is an especially important attribute, and if ...
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Which came first: sentience or programming?

There is a high interest in creating an AI, despite the associated fears that such a creation could cause. As I can figure man's approach is two-fold and its goal is being attempted by computer ...
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When the AI singularity takes over, what will there be left for us to do?

Since the first Industrial revolution machines have been taking the jobs of people and automation has been a part of human social evolution for the past 3 centuries, but all in all these machines have ...
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How could self-driving cars make ethical decisions about who to kill?

Obviously, self-driving cars aren't perfect, so imagine that the Google car (as an example) got into a difficult situation. Here are a few examples of unfortunate situations caused by a set of events:...
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Can a technological singularity only occur with superintelligence?

In Chapter 26 of the book Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (3rd edition), the textbook discusses "technological singularity". It quotes I.J. Good, who wrote in 1965: Let an ultra-...
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Does this argument refuting the existence of superintelligence work?

A superintelligence is a machine that can surpass all intellectual activities by any human, and such a machine is often portrayed in science fiction as a machine that brings mankind to an end. Any ...
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Proof that Artificial General Intelligence is possible

It is assumed in computer science that the human mind can be replicated with a Turing machine, therefore Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is possible. To assume otherwise is to believe in ...
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Why teaching only search algorithms in a short introductory AI course?

I understood that the concept of search is important in AI. There's a question on this website regarding this topic, but one could also intuitively understand why. I've had an introductory course on ...
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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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Are search engines considered AI?

Are search engines considered AI because of the way they analyze what you search for and remember it? Or how they send you ads of what you've searched for recently? Is this considered AI or just ...
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What are good alternatives to the expression “Artificial Intelligence”?

I read a really interesting article titled "Stop Calling it Artificial Intelligence" that made a compelling critique of the name "Artificial Intelligence". The word intelligence is so broad that it's ...
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Could an AI be sentient?

In theory, could an AI become sentient, as in learning and becoming self-aware, all from its source code?
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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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How can an artificial general intelligence determine which information is true?

After the explosion of fake news during the US election, and following the question about whether AIs can educate themselves via the internet, it is clear to me that any newly-launched AI will have a ...
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How can we define common sense in an AI agent?

In our lives, we meet different people and describe their common sense based on how they act on a situation. For example, highly extrovert people are able to deal with people without any awkwardness. ...
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If AI can perceive, can it be sentient? [duplicate]

I think that AI perceive the world. Can an AI be sentient?
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Is a genetic algorithm an example of artificial intelligence?

Since human intelligence presumably is a function of a natural genetic algorithm in nature, is using a genetic algorithm in a computer an example of artificial intelligence? If not, how do they differ?...
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Could AIs self-develop in the future?

Is it possible that, at some time in the future, AIs will be able to initiatively develop themselves, rather than passively being developed by humanity?
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How is the “right to explanation” reasonable?

There has been recent uptick in interest in eXplainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI). 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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What are the advantages of having self-driving cars?

What are the advantages of having self-driving cars? We will be able to have more cars in the traffic at the same time, but won't it also make more people choose to use the cars, so both the traffic ...
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Why are autonomous cars categorized as AI?

How are autonomous cars related to artificial intelligence? I would presume that artificial intelligence is when we are able to copy the human state of mind and perform tasks in the same way. But isn'...
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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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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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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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Could humans hurt a conscious or sentient AI?

If a conscious AI is possible, would it also be possible for someone who knows what they are doing to torture (or hurt) the AI? Could this be avoided? How? This question deals with computer based AI, ...
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Are humans intelligent according to the definition of an intelligent agent?

Given the following definition of an intelligent agent (taken from a Wikipedia article) If an agent acts so as to maximize the expected value of a performance measure based on past experience and ...
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Are we supposed to “decide” ethics for intelligent systems?

Ethics is defined to be the set of moral principles that governs a person's or group's behavior. Innately, shouldn't any system devise ethics for itself? Most of our articulations, in either direct ...
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Is the robot Sophia capabale of thinking rationally?

Ben Goertzel, the developer of Sophia the robot, is not only interested in the research of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), but is discussing ethical aspects of Artificial Intelligence too. Law ...
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Why isn't ethics more integrated into current AI systems?

I am a PhD student in computer science, and currently creating a state of the art overview in applications done in Machine Ethics (a multidisciplinary field combining philosophy and AI, that looks at ...
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Can an evolving AI be programmed not to lie?

It seems that certain AI are able to lie or deceive. See e.g. Evolving Robots Learn To Lie To Each Other (Popsci), Robots Evolve to Deceive (MIT Tech Review) or Robots 'Evolve' the Ability to Deceive (...
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Can an AI distinguish between good and bad according to people living in a restricted geographical area?

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' according to people ...
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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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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 ...