Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence 2020

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Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence

Draft Schedule


“Making AI Meaningful Again” [1]

“There is no General AI” [2]

Wed Feb 19 13:30-17:15 4h

Introduction to philosophy for AI scientists
A practical problem -- the need for consistently curated data
How ontology can solve this problem
The history of philosophy from an ontological perspective
How philosophy can benefit AI science

Thu Feb 20 09:30 - 12:15 3h

Searle's Chinese Room argument
Intelligence vs. consciousness
What is intelligence and what do intelligence tests measure?
Driverless philosophy: How data science can help
the history of philosophy
to make progress in philosophy
There is no general AI

Fri Feb 21 09:30 - 12:15 3h

Affordances and the background of Artificial Intelligence
Making AI Meaningful Again
Basic Formal Ontology (ISO/IEC 21838-2)
The origins of Basic Formal Ontology
Why should an ontology become an ISO standard?
What you can do with BFO in philosophy
How ontologies are used in information and data science

Tue May 19 14:30 - 17:15 3h

AI and Transhumanism: Can we download the contents of our brains onto a computer and become immortal? Scott Adams: We are living in a simulation]
AI and the meaning of life:
AI and The Matrix

Wed May 20 09:30 - 12:15 3h

There is no general AI
The Turing test
AI is a family of algorithms to automate repetitive events
Deep neural networks have nothing to do with neurons
AI is not artificial intelligence; it is a branch of mathematics in which the attempt is made to use the Turing machine to its limits by using gigantically large amounts of data

Fri May 22 9:30 - 12:15 3h

Artificial intelligence and digital manufacturing

Tue May 26 14:30 - 17:15 3h

The problem of meaningful AI
AI and intelligence analysis
The Cognitive Process Ontology

Wed May 27 14:30 - 17:15 3h

Driverless philosophy / Philosophy on rails

Thu May 28 09:30 - 12:15 3h

Dialogue with Jobst Landgrebe (Cognotekt, Cologne) on the Social Impact of AI

Further Background Reading

Jordan Peterson's Essay Writing Guide
Gerald J. Erion and Barry Smith, “In Defense of Truth: Skepticism, Morality, and The Matrix”, in W. Irwin (ed.), Philosophy and The Matrix, La Salle and Chicago: Open Court, 2002, 16–27.
Max More and Natasha Vita-More (Eds.), The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
Jobst Landgrebe and Barry Smith, “Making AI Meaningful Again”, Synthese, DOI 10.1007/s11229-019-02192-y