Introduction to AI
Science (Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Psychology, Ethology)
The hardest problem in the history of science
- How does the brain work?
Engineering (Computer Science, AI, Robotics)
The hardest problem in the history of engineering
- How can we build an intelligent machine?
Humans v. children v. animals v. origin of life
Design v. learning and evolution
Symbolic AI v. Nonsymbolic AI, symbol-grounding
Robots v. software-only
1 mind v. multiple minds
1 programmer v. thousands of programmers
Unsolved problems in science
The problem (or the related set of problems) of
how the brain, intelligence, consciousness and "free will" work
is one of the great unsolved problems of science.
Philosophy of Mind (and future science, science fiction)
All the mysterious questions we have thought about for 2500 years
that maybe, just maybe, we are going to finally answer.
Can machines think?
Can machines be alive?
Are machines already alive?
Are we machines?
Do we have souls?
Does free will exist? (determinism)
Do you exist? ( homunculi,
How does science talk about this?
This is obviously a huge issue, that we do not have time to cover.
For an introduction to how science (rather than, say, science fiction)
addresses these questions, see:
, Hofstadter and
Dennett, 1981. - Library, 155.2.
The Mind's I
- A mind-bending collection of essays exploring the possibilities
of Strong AI. If Strong AI was true, could you be immortal?
Could you copy brains?
Can we be immortal? (on earth)
Can we copy ourselves into new (robot) brains and bodies?
( mind uploading,
Can we freeze ourselves now, and wait for that?
Can we go to the stars? Or will it be a 2nd species?
Will the 2nd species replace us? Is that bad?
The long-term future
Timescale - If AI is solved, if we understand the brain, if we build intelligent machines,
when will this happen?
10-50 years? (Imminent)
300 years? (Think of all the changes since
"Voting Machines Elect One Of Their Own As President"
from The Onion.
Don't let the machine make the decisions!
AI nukes the earth in
My notes on Philosophy of AI