Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Impossible Intelligence


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements. 😉

What if creating a true artificial intelligence is impossible?

13 comments:

  1. I don't think it is. Something has to operate outside of its programming - even if that programming involves reasoning, it's still computations given not created.

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  2. It might be possible in the future, but I'm not so sure in our immediate future. My work is done with a lot of Automated Speech Recognition where it is designed (supposedly) if we edit what the software program put out versus what the doctor said, eventually the program will correct itself and get better and there will be less editing to no editing involved. Having said that, I'm still correcting things over and over again and the software program is not catching it. So I don't see it happening any time soon, at least for my company. Maybe that's good then, its called "job security."

    betty

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  3. Frankly, I have my doubts about non-artificial intelligence.

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  4. Considering the Robot going up the stairs fail, I can easily see this be the case. I am not sure I want them super smart

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    1. So many movies depicting them taking over, yeah, it would be good if they weren't smart.

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  5. Well, there are the lessons of Skynet (the artificial intelligence in the Terminator movies). I would not shed tears over artificial intelligence being impossible. We have enough problems with biological intelligence.

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  6. It depends how fast it introduce in our world. It wouldn't have an bias ideals or prejudice. But then on the hand part of our world is emotions and I can't see artificial intelligent having any.
    Coffee is on

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  7. Hi Liz - I can't see it happening ... and perhaps by the time it does we won't know what intelligence is ... and won't be able to think for ourselves ... who knows - certainly I won't find out. Cheers Hilary

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  8. I think we should go back to creating real intelligence. That's what teachers try to do every day.

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  9. I was once told by a very senior executive in IBM that artificial intelligence is a misnomer. It's actually 'intelligent automation' which has got somehow morphed into 'artificial intelligence'.

    Automation is something that has been happening for quite a while now... For example, the robots we are familiar with... . What is new is 'intelligently automating' the processes, wherein the robotic process doesn't blindly follow a command, but understands the exceptions and contextual variations.

    A good example is the auto-correct wherein the software understands that it should be "here" when you have wrongly written it as "hear".

    Coming to your question, did you actually mean: "What if creating a true artificial intelligence is possible?" (considering that AI now is still not 100% accurate/true, and researchers are still making it better and better. ... ) Or, maybe I didn't get your question right!

    If true AI is impossible, as you have put it, then we continue to manage like we are doing now, with minimal and even erratic automation combined with continual human intervention.

    But, "if creating a true artificial intelligence is possible", then we humans will have to be ready for quite a few surprises, not all of them might be pleasant.

    Even if our researchers do reach that stage some day, it might not be a good idea to feed intelligence into a machine to such an extent that it could bypass human intervention.

    Very interesting topic to ponder over. Lots of possibilities.

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    1. No, I meant not possible, as when they talk about AI in sci fi, there's a computer that almost thinks like a human (or, at least, seems to have intelligence). That's why I went the other way with it.

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