There is every evidence that intelligence can be embodied materially. Our intelligence and mind comes from matter. We know the rules that govern matter sufficiently well. We can even build and represent complex systems inside computers.
We tend to think of artificial intelligence as something that needs to be constructed or built.
Human intelligence is just a special case of artificial intelligence—the same rules about matter apply. However, we naturally evolved into intelligence rather than being constructed.
- AI is usually described as singular, but really it will be a multitude of AIs.
- There is no special ‘power of mind’ that is not governed by physics, but thoughts do create downward causation.
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The Turing-test is rooted in the idea that a human can judge whether something is an Artificial Intelligence merely by the behaviors it exhibits during the test. In reality, a judgment of whether or not it’s a genuine AI requires an explanation of how it works.
It’s striking how captivated the world is by LLMs and the latest techniques in AI. What if we were just as excited about progressing human knowledge and learning? Education doesn’t receive nearly the attention and hype it should yet we are far more capable.
Consciousness is an emergent property of categories. As a sufficient number of categories can be represented in a system, selfhood arises and, with it, consciousness.
Personhood of self-driving cars and autonomouse vehicles might matter much more than we expect for everyone’s safety. By treating them as soulless objects, people are making roads more dangerous.