Sunday, May 4, 2014

AI: Artificial Intelligence

When I was in college, I was learning about artificial intelligence.  But what does "artificial intelligence" refer to?  For some, it means something that is not "alive" being able to learn, while for others, it means replicating human cognitive abilities such as critical thinking and useful data processing.  Intelligence simply refers to the ability to gather and use information.  So given this definition, how do we as humans know that we are natural intelligence (NI), if nobody really understands how we can think?  The idea that intelligence is the effect of chemical signals to me is preposterous because that would mean there is some type of mapping between the neural signal pattern and thought.  For this to be true, there would have to be a built-in design that correlates what is outside of the human body with these mental patterns.  One might argue that the learning component is what creates the neural patterns from the sensory data of the external world, but that still would not explain how the mapping of these patterns represents concepts or thought, especially inner thought or knowledge that had no external data such as for the blind or deaf.  In fact, I would argue that we as physical beings are really artificial intelligent beings because natural intelligence creates information, while artificial intelligence requires information.