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Mar 21, 2022Philosophy/Ethics, Tech0 comments

Cognition is nothing but computation

Hobbes 1655

Julia and John are talking about the following article:
The Laws of Thought

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Julia

Hi John, I’m back! 😊                                                                         

Today 17:08

John

Ok, great! What did you find out?😊

Today 17:09   

Julia

On the lowest levels where data comes in and is processed, the material implementation does matter a lot and very directly

Today 17:09

Julia

but on higher levels of abstraction, it matters less, except in a general sense, constraining processing speed and memory size

Today 17:09

John

And what is your conclusion about what to include in the article then?

Today 17:10   

Julia

I think I agree with you that we don’t need to go back all the way to the mythological era

Today 17:11

John

But?

Today 17:11  

Julia

well, I suppose it does make sense to include something about the history of psychology

Today 17:12

John

Aha, and why would that be? 

Today 17:13   

Julia

Both Cho and Sam mentioned “the rules of thinking” and “the laws of thought”, isn’t that what we should be looking at?

Today 17:14

John

Maybe, but the article is about AI, not human psychology …

Today 17:14   

Julia

And yet human intelligence is the only intelligence we really know, more or less

Today 17:15

Julia

So where do we get the “intelligence” part from, if not ourselves?

Today 17:15

John

Hmmm, I see what you mean. So then we need a section on how we discovered our own laws of thought and then put them in a machine?

Today 17:15   

Julia

Exactly! That was what I was getting at! 😅                                  

Today 17:16

John

OK, I do think that makes sense. Then we can’t just talk about computer technology since the 1950s, I guess

Today 17:17   

Julia

No indeed, we should go back at least to the 19th century       

Today 17:18

John

Works for me! But we still have a word limit to observe, so we should be quite selective

Today 17:18 

Julia

I’ll get right on that, no problem! 😉                                              

Today 17:19

John

Thank you so much for your help! 😊

Today 17:20 

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