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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 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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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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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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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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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?
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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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Is reinforcement learning needed to create Strong AI?

By reinforcement learning, I don't mean the class of machine learning algorithms such as DeepQ, etc. I have in mind the general concept of learning based on rewards and punishment. Is it possible to ...
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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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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 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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Is the neuron adequately comprehended?

It is possible that the signal handling of a neuron is outside the engineering comprehension of the most astute of human brains, even after the relationships of inputs to outputs are statistically ...
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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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If mankind can create artificial life in a machine, when would we define it's death?

Can one actually kill a machine? Not only do we have problems in defining life, we also have problems in defining death. Will this also be true in artificial life and artificial intelligence?
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Can singularity result into the extinction of the third world?

Based on Darwin's statement, "it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able to adapt to and to adjust best to the changing environment". Can economical ...
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Will AI develop in hybrid ways?

There are two general ways in which AI can interact with humans: Implants of AI devices into human bodies or brains — Such implantation has already begun with health monitors and could grow to ...
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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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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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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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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 purpose would be served by developing AI's that experience human-like emotions?

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Yann LeCunn makes the following statement: The next step in achieving human-level ai is creating intelligent—but not autonomous—machines. The AI system in ...
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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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How can an AI agent tackle through existential crisis?

Suppose a thinking AI agent exists in the future with far more computational power than the human brain. Also assume that they are completely free from any human interference. (The agents do not ...
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Perfect play in information incomplete games

As titled, is there such thing as perfect play (or at least "perfectly optimal") in a game with incomplete information? Or at least a proof as to show why there cannot? Naively (and seemingly ...
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Time leap (To achieve advance technology) using AI by simulating virtual world at a faster rate

How many decades are we far from achieving a virtual world just like our real world (or little graded down version) with AI. If in far future if we are able to achieve that (able to provide all the ...
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What jobs cannot be automatized by AI in the future?

AI is progressing drastically, and imagine they tell you you're fired because a robot will take your place. What are some jobs that can never be automated?
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If IQ is used as a measure of intelligence in humans could it also be used as a measure of intelligence in machines?

If IQ were used as a measure of the intelligence of machines, as in humans, at this point in time what would be the IQ of our most intelligent AI systems? If not IQ, then how best to compare our ...
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Wouldn't an AI that specializes in making other AI be an AGI if they can cooperate?

If said AI can assess scenarios and decide what AI is best suited and construct new AI for new tasks. In sufficient time would the AI not have developed a suite of AIs powerful/specialized for their ...
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What is the calcium equivalent role in neural networks

I understand that neural networks model biological neurons. Each node in the network represents a neuron cell and the connections between nodes represent the connections between cells. As in nature, ...
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Can we create AI to not only recognize itself, but to recognize other AI systems as well?

Can AI systems be created that could recognize itself, and recognize intelligence in other systems, and make intelligent decisions about the other systems? Mankind seems to be making progress in self-...
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When we create artificial life and artificial intelligence will we require it to obey human laws?

Assuming mankind will eventually create artificial humans, but in doing so have we put equal effort into how humans will relate to an artificial human, and what can we expect in return? This is ...
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Can programming cause passive or aggressive behavior in AIs?

Generally, people can be classified as aggressive (Type A) or passive. Could the programming of AI systems cause aggressive or passive behavior in those AIs?
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Is consciousness necessary for any AI task?

Consciousness is challenging to define, but for this question let's define it as "actually experiencing sensory input as opposed to just putting a bunch of data through an inanimate machine." Humans, ...
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Why would an AI need to 'wipe out the human race'?

I'm reading such nonsense about how an AI would turn the world into a supercomputer to solve a problem that it thought it needed to solve. That wouldn't be AI. That's procedural programming stuck in ...
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Should I use anthropomorphic language when discussing AI?

The English Language is not well-suited to talking about artificial intelligence, which makes it difficult for humans to communicate to each other about what an AI is actually "doing". Thus, it may ...

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