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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 does learning mean?

Can someone explain what is the process of learning? What does it mean to learn something?
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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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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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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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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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Is artificial intelligence really just human intelligence?

Essentially, AI is created by human minds, so is the intelligence & creativity of algorithms properly an extension of human intelligence & creativity, rather than something independent? I ...
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Is Experience Replay like dreaming?

Drawing parallels between Machine Learning techniques and a human brain is a dangerous operation. When it is done successfully, it can be a powerful tool for vulgarisation, but when it is done with no ...
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How can we connect artificial intelligence with cognitive psychology?

Cognitive Psychology is one of the basic sciences of artificial intelligence (AI). The founder of the psychology is Wilhelm W.(1832-1920), who engaged in empirical methods,and was interested in the ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Could AI kill the joy of competitive sports and games?

Lee Sedol, former world champion, and legendary Go player today announced his retirement with the quote "Even if I become the No. 1, there is an entity that cannot be defeated". Is it possible that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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How does Lucas's argument work?

In Minds, Machines and Gödel (1959), J. R. Lucas shows that any human mathematician can not be represented by an algorithmic automaton (a Turing Machine, but any computer is equivalent to it by the ...
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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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A Twist on the “AI in a box experiment”

Let's suppose there are two AI boxes, AI_A and AI_B, both of them General Intelligence. Consider that AI_B has the ability to open and modify AI_A. But this action of opening up and modifying is ...
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How important is learning to learn for the development of AGI?

Some people say that abstract thinking, intuition, common sense, and understanding cause and effect are important to make AGI. How important is learning to learn for the development of AGI?
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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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How could we define passion in artificial intelligence?

Mankind can create machines to do work. How could we define passion in artificial intelligence? How could we define a passionate AI? Would passion cause the machine to do a better job? How could we ...
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What is the feminist perspective on artificial intelligence?

Feminism is known as foremost as a social movement which criticizes existing gender stereotypes and gives advice how to overcome a male point of view. Apart from the society which is defined by it's ...
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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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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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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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Pattern Recognition

What would be the result of an AI subject to a data stream or information stream, fed to it from events in an "external world" if it could not find any pattern within that stream by the methods it ...
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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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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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Swarm intelligence vs Normal Human Intelligence

So I read somewhere there are 2 different views of Artificial Intelligence. One is the normal conventional approach where we use ML and AI logical inference programs to mimic a human brain. Another ...
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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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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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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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Intelligence vs. Rationality?

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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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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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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What does 'democratizing AI' exactly mean?

In my AI literature research, I often notice authors use term 'democratizing AI', especially in the AutoML area. I think I have an idea of what this means, but I would like to ask you for some more ...