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Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence

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Language:  English
This book is a concise introduction to key philosophical questions in artificial intelligence that have long been debated by many of the great minds in the field.
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This book is a concise introduction to key philosophical questions in artificial intelligence that have long been debated by many of the great minds in computer science, cognitive science and philosophy, from Gottfried Leibniz to Alan Turing to Hubert Dreyfus. Topics include the limits of and problems in trying to create artificial general intelligence, if a computer can really think and have human-like sentience, how to identify intelligence in a computer, ethical and danger issues, and if human-like consciousness and sentience are required to create artificial general intelligence.

About the author

David Cycleback is Director of Center for Artifact Studies ( ), an internationally known scholar working in cognitive science, philosophy and artifacts history, and a best-selling author. He was runner-up for the International Book Award for Philosophy for Noise Music: Cognitive Psychology, Aesthetics and Epistemology and a four-time Eric Hoffer Award Finalist. In their second printing by China's National Photographic Art Publishing House, his guides Judging the Authenticity of Prints by the Masters and Judging the Authenticity of Photographs were the first comprehensive books on the subjects published in Asia, and Art Perception is one of four books students are recommended to study in preparation for India's Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED) for postgraduate studies in technical design. He has been a practicum coordinator for the University of Washington, and an authenticity researcher for Arizona State University's Society for American Baseball Research. His other books include Cognitive Science of Religion and Belief Systems, Understanding Human Minds and Their Limits, Limits of Science, Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, and Authenticating Art and Artifacts: An Introduction to Methods and Issues.

  • About the author
  1. Introduction
  2. What is the definition of artificial intelligence?
  3. What is artificial general intelligence (AGI)? 
  4. What is the purpose of artificial intelligence? 
  5. What are the historical ideas and technical approaches to creating AI? 
  6. What have been the problems so far in trying to create artificial general intelligence? 
  7. What is intelligence? 
  8. How can the existence of intelligence in a computer be confirmed?   
  9. Do the AI intelligence tests really identify thinking? 
  10. But does it matter if a computer is really thinking? 
  11. Can we ever know if artificial intelligence has real thinking, sentience, and consciousness? 
  12. What are the problems with having AI like a human brain? 
  13. Can AI have consciousness and does it need it? 
  14. Will an advanced general intelligence mind have the same worldview as humans? 
  15. Is designing a single artificial brain the wrong approach? 
  16. What are the perceived possible dangers of AI? 
  17. What are the ethical issues surrounding artificial intelligence? 
  18. Should AI necessarily be tied to human interests? 
  19. Would superintelligent artificial general intelligence find the ultimate truths and meaning of the universe? 
  20. How will artificial intelligence affect religion? 
  21. What will artificial intelligence be like in the future? 
  22. Book encompassing questions 
good introduction to AI for a beginner
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David Cycleback