A material program living in a material world
Thus, the only question which can reasonably be discussed at present is not whether robots can fall in love, or whether if they did we would say they were conscious, but rather ..
To what extent a digital computer can be programmed to exhibit the sort of simple intelligent behavior characteristic of children and sometimes animals, such as playing games, solving simple problems, reading sentences, and recognizing patterns
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Why general artificial intelligence will not be realized
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In the beginning people thought General AI was just around the corner
Like in the ‘50s and ’60s? 😊
Yes, Newell and Simon were convinced that they already had a thinking machine (Computer Simulation of Human Thinking)
That does sound a bit ambitious, for the kind of equipment they had … 😅
Not sure I’ve heard of him …
He was a philosopher, not an engineer, and wrote a book on “What Computers can’t do”
basically, that computers cannot understand the world like humans do
I think it is exactly that: computers lack the background knowledge about how things work
if it isn’t explicitly there in the algorithm, in the program, it doesn’t really exist for the computer
But that’s not how humans think, right?
Yep, Dreyfus was a phenomenologist and looked at how humans experience and act in the world
and AI’s lack the specific human way of “being in the world” as Heidegger called it
So that’s why AI’s would have a lot of trouble with stuff a little kid can do effortlessly? 😊
Indeed, but this also suggests a solution: put the AI in the world like a human 😊
Ah, of course, instead of a disembodied algorithm, you give it a robot body, and senses, and make it learn, and …
Bingo! Humans aren’t disembodied minds, so if you want human intelligence … 😊
Good stuff! But we should definitely check in with Sam about this too.
Sure, will do, and perhaps you can talk to Manuel, about the interview he did him?
Yes, and see if he has more material.
Great! Then we’ll catch up later 😉
See you soon! 😊
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It suddenly started drawing – in a naturalistic style. Yesterday I was watching it whizzing around, and the result really did look almost like you. That’s when I threw it away…
Anything is art if an AI says it is
Do not you understand? This is a whole new dimension, even according to the canons of the classical “art sacre”. This is a real revolution. Do you understand, ladies and gentlemen? This is the first hot plastic artwork! You! You! My boy … you are an artist!
“Young man, you don’t think I’m encountering constructive symbolism for the first time, do you? “Unplug”: free yourself from physicality, from the vulgar earthbound physicality, from the evils of civilization, from electricity, nerves, and so on. Isn’t that what this is? The association is crystal clear, I’d be tempted to say, perhaps even too obvious” (Kishon 1987)
AI see, AI do
You young badgers imagine that it would be enough to smear a pound of paint on the canvas and you’re already a modern painter. I would be willing to accept this abomination for a bad joke, if there was even the slightest humor behind it. But this here is an abracadabra! A nothing!
As far as AI can see
The case of the use of the abacus by Japanese school children and adults … tool’s use becomes incorporated into a culture-specific technology
All aboard the Spike Train!
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The Network is the Message
A continued stimulus, such as a state of tension, a light or a sound, produces a continued passage of sensory impulses to the central nervous system.