The Apparent Possibility of Artificial General Intelligence
Tuesday 30 May, 2023at 15:30 - 17:00
Humlab / ZOOM
Mazviita Chirimuuta (University of Edinburgh)
Much of the current speculation over the future of AI concerns the possibility of AGI – artificial general intelligence. This is the kind of technology that aspires to replicate the all-round intelligence of a human being. The common view is that AGI is a possibility, but there are a wide range of opinions as to how far in the future this advance will occur.
In this talk I investigate why it is that most engineers and scientists agree that AGI is possible. The assumption that it is rests on a philosophy of mind which sees no inherent connection between life and intelligence, leaving it open for non-living computers to have the same mental capabilities as living humans and animals. I examine the historical trajectory of this view and its association with mechanistic science since the 17th century. I also discuss reasons why we might question it.
This event is co-hosted by the Centre for Transdisciplinary AI (TAIGA) and Humlab.
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