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Sam Freed

Sam Freed

University of Sussex

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Sam Freed · AGI-20

Report on “AI and Human Thought and Emotion”

"No fundamental new ideas have appeared in AI for decades because of a deadlocked discussion between the technologists and their philosophical critics. Both sides claim possession of the one (dogmatic) truth: Technologists are committed to writing code, while critics insist that AI bears no resemblance to how humans cope in the world. The book charts a middle course between the critics and practitioners of AI, remaining committed to writing code while maintaining a fixed gaze on the human condition. This is done by reviving a technique long-shunned in cognitive science: Introspection. Introspection was rejected as a scientific method since 1913, but technology is committed to “what works” rather than to science’s “best explanation”. Introspection is shown to be both a legitimate and a promising source of ideas for AI. The book details the development process of AI based on introspection, from the initial introspective descriptions to working code. This book is unique in that it starts with philosophical (and historical) discussions, and ends with examples of working novel algorithms. The book was originally a PhD thesis. It was edited for book form with two new chapters added."

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Sam Freed · AGI-20

AGI Needs the Humaities

Central scholars in AI have argued for extending the search for new AI technology beyond the tried-and-tested biologically and mathematically-inspired algorithms. Following in their footsteps, areas in the humanities are introduced as possible inspirations for novel human-like AI. Topics discussed include play-acting, literature as the field researching both imagination and metaphors, linguistics, music, and hermeneutics. In our ambition to reach general intelligence, we cannot afford to ignore these avenues of research.