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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 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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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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What does learning mean?

Can someone explain what is the process of learning? What does it mean to learn something?
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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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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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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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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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Is a super-intelligence limited by the intelligence of its creator?

An argument against the possibility of super-intelligence is that the intelligence of a creation will be limited by the intelligence of its creator. How reasonable is this argument?
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What are examples of AI that use philosophy derived ontologies?

I'm looking for AI systems or natural language processors that use, in the classification and interrelation of notions/objects, some philosophical system, like basic laws of logic, Kantian or ...
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Is there a proof that states that an AI can become smarter than its creator?

Is there a proof that states the possibility or impossibility of an AI system to acquire more sophisticated capabilities (in terms of generic cleverness) than its own creator?
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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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Is analogy necessary to artificial general intelligence?

Analogies are quite powerful in communication. They allow to explain complex concepts to people with no domain knowledge, just by mapping to a known domain. Hofstadter says they matter, whereas ...
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Could artificial intelligence cause problems for humanity after figuring out human behavior?

This BBC article suggests that intelligent algorithms, like those that select news stories and advertisements for display, could control our experience of the world and manipulate us. Will Artificial ...
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Is there a limit to the increase of intelligence?

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. Is there ...
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Are mathematical models sufficient to create general artificial intelligence?

Are mathematical models sufficient to create general artificial intelligence? I am not sure if it is possible to represent e.g. emotions or intuition using mathematical model. Do we need a new ...
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Can we use a messenger that does not alter the AI to solve the control problem?

Instead of directly communicating with the AI, we would instead communicate with a messenger, who would relay our communications to the AI. The messenger would have no power to alter the AI's hardware ...
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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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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 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?