Artificial Intelligence: Where’s the Philosophical Scrutiny?

By Prospect MagazineMay 6, 2016CommentsResearchers more frequently focus on technical achievement rather than the philosophical ramifications of artificial intelligence, writes Duke University’s Vincent Conitzer. Credit: Miho Ikeya/Associated Press There is little emphasis on the philosophical ramifications of artificial intelligence (AI) research and development at AI conferences and other scientific forums, with most researchers preferring to focus on technical achievement, writes Duke University professor Vincent Conitzer. He says this tendency can be partly traced to AI scientists’ push to have their work respected by peers. Bringing attention to philosophical issues in AI are experts such as Nick Bostrom, director of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute. He is concerned with an “intelligence explosion” in which humans build machines that exceed human intelligence, which in turn build something that is even more…


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