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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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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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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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Do Gödel's theorems imply that intelligence systems may end up in some undecidable situation (that may make them take a wrong decision)? [closed]

So far I understand - I know very little on the topic - the core of AI boils down to design algorithms that shall provide a TRUE/FALSE answer to a given statement. Nevertheless, I am aware of the ...
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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 a computer identify the philosophical concept on which a given story is based?

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 ...
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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 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?

For the purposes of this question, let's suppose that an artificial general intelligence (AGI) is defined as a machine that can successfully perform any intellectual task that a human being can [1]. ...
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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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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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Shouldn't Gödel's incompleteness theorems disprove the physical symbol system hypothesis?

According to the Wikipedia page of the physical symbol system hypothesis (PSSH), this hypothesis seems to be a vividly debated topic in philosophy of AI. But, since it's about formal systems, shouldn'...
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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? [closed]

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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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 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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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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What does learning mean? [closed]

Can someone explain what is the process of learning? What does it mean to learn something?
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How can we create eXplainable Artificial Intelligence? [duplicate]

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 ...
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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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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?
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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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Do genetic algorithms and neural networks really think? [closed]

I'm aware of those AI systems that can play games and neural networks that can identify pictures. But are they really thinking? Do they think like humans? Do they have consciousness? Or are they just ...
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Can an artificial intelligence eventually think like a human?

It seems to me that the way neural networks are trained is similar to the way we educate a child (or a person, in general). Can an AI eventually think like a human?
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Can artificial intelligence also make mistakes?

The intelligence of the human brain is said to be a strong factor leading to human survival. The human brain functions as an overseer for many functions the organism requires. Robots can employ ...
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Can a brain be intelligent without a body? [duplicate]

The dialog context Turing proposed at the end of the description of his famous test, "Will the interrogator decide wrongly as often when the game is played like this as he does when the game is ...
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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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Does AI rely on determinism?

I don’t believe in free will, but most people do. Although I’m not sure how an act of free will could even be described (let alone replicated), is libertarian freewill something that is considered for ...
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Is the singularity something to be taken seriously?

The term Singularity is often used in mainstream media for describing visionary technology. It was introduced by Ray Kurzweil in a popular book The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology (...
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How important is consciousness for making advanced artificial intelligence? [closed]

How important is consciousness and self-consciousness for making advanced AIs? How far away are we from making such? When making e.g. a neural network there's (very probably) no consciousness within ...
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Can machine learning be used to pass the Turing test?

Can we say that the Turing test aims to develop machines or methods to reach human-level performance in all cognitive tasks and that machine learning is one of these methods that can pass the Turing ...
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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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Can we make a chatbot that really "understands" the questions?

Can we make a chatbot that really "understands" (rather than just replies to) questions based on the database/options of replies that it has? I mean, can it come up with correct/non-stupid ...
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How important will statistical learning be to a conscious AI?

Deep learning is based on getting a large number of samples and essentially making statistical deductions and outputting probabilities. On the other hand, we have formal programming languages, like ...
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Google's Principles of Artificial Intelligence [closed]

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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Can an AI distinguish between good and bad according to people living in a restricted geographical area? [closed]

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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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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How will we recognize a conscious machine?

How will we recognize a conscious machine (or AI)? Is there any consciousness test? For example, if a machine is aware of its previous experiences, can it be considered conscious?
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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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Are Rationality and Intelligence distinct?

This just popped into my head, and I haven't thought it through, but it feels like a sound question. The definition of intelligence might still be somewhat fuzzy, possibly a factor of our evolving ...
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