group4(Philosophy_of_AI) - Department of Computer Science
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Food for thought..
Front Cover: Which of the two beings depicted
on the front cover should be granted more
rights than the other?
The picture of the man is actually a computer
generated 3D model from the NVIDIA Corporation,
while the cow is indeed a photo of a real cow.
This is just to show how we can be fooled in what gives
us the impression of possessing intelligence.
(source: Picture and Comments)
Philosophy of AI
Can a machine act intelligently? Can it solve any
problem that a person would solve by thinking?
Can a machine have a mind, mental states and
consciousness in the same sense humans do? Can it
Are human intelligence and machine intelligence the
same? Is the human brain essentially a computer?
These three questions reflect the divergent interests of AI
researchers, philosophers and cognitive scientists
Roots of AI in Philosophy
AI occurred in philosophy as a new form of the
Behaviourism is the theory that tries to explain
human behaviour in terms of fixed rules that are
derived from observing human behaviour.
To account for the changes in the brain behaviourists
proposed the presence of a black box. (black box
Black Box theory eventually became AI with the
progress in processing speeds of computers.
What is intelligence : Turing Test
Alan Turing, 50 years back, reduced the problem of
defining intelligence to a simple experiment.
You ask the computer any question.
If it is able to reply to it in the same manner a normal
human would, it is intelligent.
Turing test : Online Chat Room
Many participants in a chat room.
One of the participants is a real
person and one participant
is a computer program.
The program passes the test
(is considered intelligent) if no
one can tell which of the two
participants is human.
Turing Test: Criticism
Russell and Norvig : “aeronautical engineering texts do not
define the goal of their field as ‘making machines that fly so exactly
like pigeons that they can fool other pigeons.’ ”
•Turing test does not directly test if the
computer behaves intelligently
•It only tests whether or not the
computer behaves like a human being.
•In general the two concepts are
Machines can be intelligent
Humans nervous system
can be thought of as being
modeled by physical and
If the human brain
follows the laws of
physics, why cannot it be
simulated by a machine?
Human Intelligence : Symbol Processing
Newell and Simon : A physical symbol system
has the necessary and sufficient means of
general intelligent action.
Symbol Processing : Criticism
Gödel’s Theorem : For any sufficiently
powerful system its always possible to
construct sentences not provable by the
Seen by John Lucas as proof that
machines can never achieve human
Symbol Processing : Criticism(Contd.)
Penrose goes on to expand Lucas’ concept.
Humans can see the truth of these Gödel’s
Hence the human brain goes beyond
mathematical axioms and is not based on a
set of algorithms.
Symbol Processing : Criticism(Contd.)
Quantum Mechanics is the difference!!!
The philosopher David Chalmers half-
jokingly says: “consciousness is mysterious
and quantum mechanics is mysterious, so
maybe the two mysteries have a common
Criticism of Criticism
In the book Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden
Braid, Douglas Hofstadter explains that the "Gödelstatements" always refer to the system itself ,similar to
statements that refer to themselves, such as "this
statement is false" or "I am lying“(also known as the
Epimenides paradox ).
But, the Epimenides paradox applies to anything that
makes statements, whether they are machines or
humans, even Lucas himself.
Lucas can't assert the truth of this statement.
Criticism of Criticism
Russell and Norvig state that Gödel's argument only
applies to what can theoretically be proved, given an
infinite amount of memory and time.
But real machines (including humans) have finite
resources and cannot prove many theorems.
It is not necessary to prove everything in order to be
Hubert Dreyfus argues that more than conscious
symbolic manipulation , human intelligence and
expertise depend primarily on unconscious instincts
and argued that these unconscious skills would never
be captured in formal rules.
Criticism of Criticism Again
Turing : Just because we don't know the rules that
govern a complex behavior, this does not mean that
no such rules exist.
Russell and Norvig : In recent years progress has
been made towards discovering the "rules" that
govern unconscious reasoning.
AI and Consciousness
Morpheus : We have only bits and pieces of
information, but what we know for certain is that
some point in the early twenty-first century all of
mankind was united in celebration. We marveled at
our own magnificence as we gave birth to AI
Neo : AI - you mean Artificial Intelligence?
Morpheus : A singular consciousness that spawned
an entire race of machines.
Some more Food for thought
Can we achieve that Consciousness which Morpheus is
For this we first need to answer why do we need conscious
According to Ricardo Sanz, there are three motivations to pursue
artificial consciousness (Sanz, 2005):
1) Implementing and designing machines resembling human
beings (cognitive robotics)
2) Understanding the nature of consciousness (cognitive science)
3) Implementing and designing more efficient control systems.
Machines resembling human beings
What is the need of resemblance to human beings?
Answer:- Our belief of being the most intelligent
creatures on Earth.
Choice: Intelligent systems or conscious systems
Does consciousness bring with it intelligence?
Yes , it helps to achieve complex control in
autonomous machines. Intuition, self-awareness,
resilience all these are the result of our conscious
or sub-conscious mind and helps us make better
Understanding the nature of consciousness
By building conscious machines we are
trying to understand the cognitive science
This can be seen as the sub-goal of our long
term goal of understanding ourselves.
It is impossible to build a conscious machine
without understanding what is
Designing efficient control systems
A conscious system is better controlled than an
unconscious one which is working just on the basis
of some hardcoded rules and facts learnt on their
Better control needs more than just experience.
Emotions, feelings, intuitions are some of the things.
MIT cog-project: the robot is programmed to
remember his mother's face more than anybody
else's. Predictable. Same behavior always.
Not the case with humans. The above feeling comes
Various viewpoints about consciousness in
Alexei V. Samsonovich: cognitive agent is one which
can learn any arbitrary schemas with the help of an
Owen Holland: robot should be able to create an
internal model of itself, outer model of environment
and the model of relationship between them.
Some believe we don’t need conscious systems for
making intelligent machines.
Some say consciousness is the by-product of our
complex structure, so don’t focus on consciousness.
Building a complex structure like us will automatically
lead to conscious agents.
Can a symbol processing machine have a mind?
Criticism: Chinese Room
Searle’s argument: What computer does can
not be called thinking.
It’s just a simulation and not intelligence in
the way we want it to have.
The computer does not understand Chinese.
Criticism of criticism: Chinese Room
Some argue that individual component of
that room don’t have consciousness but
room as a complete unit consisting of the
computer, the man, the program and the
cards understands Chinese.
Elements of Ethics in AI
Three aspects in ethics:
Treat AI ethically
Ethics in AI machines
Using AI ethically
Consider some moral and
If we can make AI
machines with thinking
prowess comparable to
Ethics : Sentience
Sentience : The ability to feel pleasure or pain.
Animal Rights : Sentience is the most important
feature that forces society to honor the rights of
If a machine exhibits sentience, i.e., it is able to feel
pleasure and pain, then we must give it rights.
Such a machine is expected to be made within 20
Ethics : Creating ethical AI
Machines will make
choices and plan actions
on their own, without the
consent of their
Responsibility to behave
Ethics : Using AI ethically
AI : powerful technology.
Need to use it ethically
Humans must behave
ethically using AI.
Ethics : Opposition
Lot of opposition to giving ethics to AI
AI should not replace
Wiezenbaum : “Artificial intelligence, if used in
this way, represents a threat to human dignity”
"people might lose their sense of being unique. Weizenbaum (1976) ... points
out some of the potential threats that AI poses to society. One of Weizenbaum's
principal arguments is that AI research makes possible the idea that humans are
automata -- an idea that results in a loss of autonomy or even of humanity. We
note that the idea has been around much longer than AI, going back at least to
L'Homme Machine (La MMettrie, 1748). We also note that humanity has
survived other setbacks to our sense of uniqueness: De Revolutionibus Orbium
Coelestium (Copernicus, 1543) moved the Earth Away from the center of the
solar System and Descent of Man (Darwin, 1871) put Homo Sapiens at the same
level as other species. AI, if widely successful, may be at least as threatening to
the moral assumptions of 21st centure society as Darwin's theory of evolution was
to those of the 19th century."
Philosophy of Consciousness and Ethics in AI, Shawn
Kilmer, December 2007
Russell, Stuart J.; Norvig, Peter (2003), Artificial
Intelligence: A Modern Approach (2nd ed.), Upper
Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-790395-2
Lucas, J. R. (1961) Minds, machines and Gödel.
Philosophy 36: 112-117.
Why ethics is a hurdle for AI, Drew McDermott, North
American Conference on Computers and Philosophy
(NA-CAP) Bloomington, Indiana, July, 2008
Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness, Antonio Chella,
Riccardo Manzotti, 2007