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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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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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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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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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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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Should AI be mortal by design?

There are the 3 Asimov’s laws: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings, except where such ...
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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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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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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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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 singularity equivalent to the creation of God? [closed]

The definition of God a superhuman being or spirit worshipped as having power over nature or human fortunes I don't believe any of the Gods of the present or past are real in any way shape or form....
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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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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 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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What are the risks associated with regulating AI?

As part of a research project for college I would like to understand what many of you astern to be the risks associated with regulating Artificial Intelligence. Such as whether regulation is too risky ...
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Are human brain processes, like creativity, intuition or imagination, computable processes?

Are human brain processes, like intuition, creativity, imagination and the ability to create art, computable processes?
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Asking for references regarding the question “Is a concept of personality useful for Strong AGI?”

The above question itself is perhaps too broad for this forum, hence I am phrasing it as a request for references. Humans have been endowed with personalities by nature, and it is not clear (to me at ...
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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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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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Is the expert system still in use today?

In my country Expert System class is mandatory class if you want to take AI specialization in most universities. In class I learned how to make a rule base system, forward chaining, backward chaining, ...
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Do intelligent systems make mistakes?

The intelligence of the human brain is said to be a strong factor leading to human survival. The human brain functions as overseer for many functions the organism requires. Like that, the most ...
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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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What are examples of thought experiments against or in favour of strong AI, apart from the Chinese room argument?

The Chinese Room argument against strong AI overlooks the fact that "the man in the room" is acting as a macro-scale "neurotransmitter" of the larger system in which he resides. It does not rule out ...
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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 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 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 some books/paper that deal with fundamental and philosophical issues of ML and relate it to the global discourse of AIs?

In my experience, most of the time, when people talk about AI nowadays they mostly mean machine learning. Despite this, ML is usually seen as a mere technique to build high-performance software; ...
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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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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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How would AI prioritize situational ethics?

There's a real possibility that self driving cars become more than just a high tech novelty and they start changing the market. As seen in Logan, self driven commercial freight might be among the ...
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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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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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A.I and Location

Just a though passed through my head whatever method is adopted to achieve it. With programming or neural nets where do you think the location of that intelligence will be by these methods in the ...
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Why is awareness of itself such a point when speaking about AI?

Why is awareness of itself such a point when speaking about AI? Does it always mean a starting point for apocalyptic nightmares to occur when such a level is reached or is it just a classical example ...
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Should awareness of the existence of the AI designer be embedded in the AI consciousness?

Should awareness of the existence of the AI designer be embedded in the AI consciousness itself?
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How can we classify something as Artificially intelligent or not? [duplicate]

I was attempting the problem of classifying whether a bar code scanner is example of artificial intelligence or not. I have become very confused after thinking on this: I am under the impression that ...
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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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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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How can we create eXplainable Artificial Intelligence?

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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How could the “AI in a box experiment” work IRL?

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 ...
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Does it make sense to invent intelligent robots, if we only need to automate the economy?

Robots have many advantages, for example they are able to reduce manufacturing costs. A robot at an assembly line can work longer than a human, so it makes sense to replace human work with artificial ...
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Does Musk knows what Gradient descent is

I read a tweet from Elon Musk where describes Gradient descent as an evil action that AI are good at, despite the fact that it is just one of the old, inflexible and not-so-efficient error correction ...
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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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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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General Curiosity

I am interested in the field of Artificial Intelligence. I began by learning the various Machine Learning algorithms. The maths behind some were quite hard. For example back-propagation in ...
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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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Will automata love?

How much resources will automata devote to being selfish and helping others? Can automata develop selfishness? Can automata love, and if so, is there a theoretical limit to love?
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Does it matter if it's a bot or a human generating text? Doesn't it come down to the content?

It was noted today that automated text generation is advancing at a rapid pace, potentially accelerating. As bots become more and more capable of passing turing tests, especially in single iterations,...
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Is AI research culture predisposed to adversarialism while even the mathematics is more friendly?

Language is how we communicate to one other in the lab, at home, and in educational settings. Word selection matters. Sometimes we don't select well. If we are writers, we may edit a word later or ...
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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. ...