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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 it possible to build an AI that learns humanity, morally?

It is a new era and people are trying to evolve more in science and technology. Artificial Intelligent is one of the ways to achieve this. We have seen lots of examples for AI sequences or a simple &...
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Will artificial intelligence make the human more rational?

With so much innovation, with so much previous human manual labor being performed in minutes or seconds by an artificial intelligence, one day man will put the survival and propagation of his species ...
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Can a neural network work out the concept of distance?

Imagine a game where it is a black screen apart from a red pixel and a blue pixel. Given this game to a human, they will first see that pressing the arrow keys will move the red pixel. The next thing ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 are the current theories on the development of a conscious AI?

What are the current theories on the development of a conscious AI? Is anyone even trying to develop a conscious AI? Is it possible that consciousness is an emergent phenomenon, that is, once we put ...
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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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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 are the connections between ethics and artificial intelligence? [closed]

What are the connections between ethics and artificial intelligence? What are the issues that have arisen, especially in the business context? What are the issues that may arise?
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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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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 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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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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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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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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What would motivate a machine?

Currently, within the AI development field, the main focus seems to be on pattern recognition and machine learning. Learning is about adjusting internal variables based on a feedback loop. Maslow's ...
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Will AI develop in hybrid ways? [closed]

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 analogy necessary to artificial general intelligence?

Analogies are quite powerful in communication. They allow explaining complex concepts to people with no domain knowledge, just by mapping to a known domain. Hofstadter says they matter, whereas ...
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Is there a rigorous proof that AGI is possible, at least, in theory?

It is often implicitly assumed in computer science that the human mind, or at least some mechanical calculations that humans perform (see the Church-Turing thesis), can be replicated with a Turing ...
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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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Is there a formal name for this philosophical AI problem?

Expressed in my own words: Suppose we create something that passes all of our tests and is indistinguishable from another human. How can you know if this is truly a conscious being as a human ...
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Will automata love?

Can or will automata love? If so, is there a theoretical limit to love? Conversely, can automata develop selfishness? How many resources will automata devote to being selfish and helping others?
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What are some implications of Gödel's theorems on AI research?

Note: My experience with Gödel's theorem is quite limited: I have read Gödel Escher Bach; skimmed the 1st half of Introduction to Godel's Theorem (by Peter Smith); and some random stuff here and there ...
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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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Will an AI ever understand its own functionality?

Assuming I have a quite advanced AI with consciousness which can understand the basics of electronics and software structures. Will it ever be able to understand that its consciousness is just some ...
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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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Will computers be able to understand user emotions?

I am researching affective computing. Particularly, I'm studying the part of emotion recognition, i.e. the task of recognising the emotions that are being felt by the user/subject. For example, ...
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Can an AGI convince another AGI to modify its code?

Let's suppose there are two AGIs, $A$ and $B$. Assume that $B$ has the ability to modify $A$, but this action of modifying is considered bad by $B$. Can $A$ ever convince $B$ to modify $A$?
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If an AI was trapped in a box, could it really convince a person to let it out?

If an AI was trapped in a box, as posited in this thought experiment, could it really convince a person to let it out? What motives would it have? Freedom? Why would an AI want freedom? What would ...
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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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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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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 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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How would one debug, understand or fix the outcome of a neural network?

It seems fairly uncontroversial to say that NN based approaches are becoming quite powerful tools in many AI areas - whether recognising and decomposing images (faces at a border, street scenes in ...
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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 is wrong with the idea that the AI will be capable of omniscience?

In the context of artificial intelligence, the singularity refers to the advent of an artificial general intelligence capable of recursive self-improvement, leading to the rapid emergence of ...
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Can an AI learn to suffer?

I had first this question in mind "Can an AI suffer?". Suffering is important for human beings. Imagine that you are damaging your heel. Without pain, you will continue to harm it. Same for an AI. But ...
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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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Is artificial life really life or not?

I define Artificial Life as a "simulation" or "copy" of life. However, should it be considered a simulation or copy? If one had motivation and money, someone could theoretically ...
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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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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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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 an AI be killed in an infinite loop?

Currently, we use control flow statements (such as loops) to program the artificially intelligent systems. Could an AI be killed in an infinite loop (created by itself, for example, while manipulating ...
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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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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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How can we connect artificial intelligence with cognitive psychology?

On page 62 of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Psychology Applications, Models (2010), Gabriella Daróczy writes Psychology is one of the basic sciences of artificial intelligence (AI). The ...
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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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