Good Old Fashioned Artificial Neural Networks

Apr 25, 2022Philosophy/Ethics, Tech0 comments

Specification of the nervous net provides the law of necessary connection whereby one can compute from the description of any state that of the succeeding state […]
With determination of the net, the unknowable object of knowledge, the “thing in itself” ceases to be unknowable.
To psychology, however defined, specification of the net would contribute all that could be achieved in that field

McCulloch & Pitts, 1943

Julia and Sam are talking about the following article: McCulloch-Pitts Neurons

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Julia

Hi Sam, I wondered if I could ask you some questions about the history of AI?

Today 17:08

Sam

Hi Julia, sure! Is this for an assignment?

Today 17:09   

Julia

No, for an article I am co-writing with John                                           

Today 17:09

Sam

Oh, interesting! Ask away!

Today 17:10   

Julia

We were wondering about some of the things you mentioned in your interview with Manuel

Today 17:11

Sam

Yeah, that did remain somewhat superficial

Today 17:11   

Julia

We’re doing a more in-depth article now, so you have room to explain

Today 17:12

Sam

That’s great! So what exactly did you want to know more about?

Today 17:12   

Julia

We were talking about Dreyfus’ critique of AI and you mentioned embedding robots in the world to make them learn

Today 17:13

Sam

Right! I think I mentioned that at the end, when talking about AGI: artificial general intelligence

Today 17:14   

Julia

That would be human-level intelligence, right?                                     

Today 17:15

Sam

Indeed. Pre-programming all that didn’t work out, not even when trying algorithms inspired by human problem solving

Today 17:16   

Julia

Yes, I read about Newell and Simon, this was Dreyfus’ main target, no?

Today 17:16

Sam

Correct, but there are other approaches as well, such as making a computer learn, instead of programming it

Today 17:17   

Julia

OK, so machine learning, using artificial neural networks?                

Today 17:18

Sam

Those networks are only very roughly similar to the structure of a human brain and not really meant as a model of how humans do it

Today 17:19   

Julia

But they would be a serious alternative for the older approach?      

Today 17:19

Sam

In a way, but we are still very far from AGI, so far we don’t even know how far …

Today 17:20   

Julia

When did this new approach really get off the ground? I’ve found texts referencing artificial neural networks back in the 19th century …

Today 17:20

Sam

What!? That can’t possibly be right!

Today 17:21   

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