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    Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence

    Uploaded on Nov 10, 2011

    A discussion of Artificial Intelligence from the standpoint of caution.
    My reason for discussing a recursive proof is the question of whether a computer can intuitively know the outcome of a recursion. Can a computer "get it" with known facts without having the exact fact necessary to generate an original principle programmed in directly?

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    G+ Philosophy of Mind: Consciousness

    Streamed live on Jan 7, 2013

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    John Vervaeke - Why don't we have AI yet?

    Published on Feb 5, 2013

    In this mind-opening talk entitled, "The bioeconomics of relevance realization and general intelligence" award-winning lecturer John Veraeke aims to explain why we do not have artificial intelligence (AI) yet by arguing for a new framework for understanding how people think, feel and interact with the world. Every cognitive scientist and artificial intelligence researcher should see this video.

    Vervaeke, Lillicrap, and Richards (2012) have argued that the central problem facing cognitive science is explaining how cognitive agents selectively attend to relevant information while flexibly ignoring a vast amount of irrelevant information. They further argued that the processes of relevance realization are ultimately economic in nature. Relevance realization runs off the bioeconomic properties of information processing. Vervaeke and Ferraro (forthcoming) argued that relevance realization is the core process of general intelligence and that this is being implemented in the self-organized firing and wiring of the brain. In short, it is internal economics that makes us externally smart.

    John Vervaeke's homepage is at

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    Brandom on AI & Pragmatism (with Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer)

    Published on Mar 25, 2013

    Robert Brandom gives a talk titled "Artificial Intelligence and Analytic Pragmatism". Then Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer comments on it. This is the third of six lectures from the 2005-2006 John Locke lectures. The series is called "Between Saying and Doing: Towards an Analytic Pragmatism".

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    Computers That Think Like Humans

    Published on May 14, 2014

    Wish you were as smart as a computer? Well engineers wish they could build a computer as smart as YOU! Believe it or not, your brain has many advantages over a computer chip, and at a fraction of the wattage. In a world of brain-inspired machine intelligence, computers of the future will no longer require programming -- you'll just need to teach them!

    If you had a robot with brain-inspired learning hardware, what would you teach it and what would you NOT teach it? Let us know in the comments below!

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    Three Approaches to the Mind

    In this 50-minute talk, Dr. Edward Hundert presents a synthesis of ideas from philosophers, psychiatrists, and neuroscientists in an effort to find a common language through which these diverse views of the human mind can contribute insights one to the next. Drawing on thinkers from Plato, Kant, Freud, Hegel, and Hume to modern neuroscientists and researchers in artificial intelligence, Dr. Hundert compares the ways various fields interpret the “nature-nurture debate” around the question of how our basic concepts of the world find their way into our brains. He concludes by comparing all of these cognitive theories of knowledge with moral theories of justice, challenging us to appreciate just how interactive the relationship is – in the realms of both knowledge and values – between the human brain and the world we share.

    A psychiatrist, ethicist and educator, Dr. Hundert is Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics, at Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the faculty of the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior. Dr. Hundert holds degrees in mathematics and the history of science and medicine from Yale University, in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University, and in medicine from Harvard Medical School. Many of the ideas in this lecture were first put forward in his books, Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience: Three Approaches to the Mind (Oxford University Press) and Lessons from an Optical Illusion: On Nature and Nurture, Knowledge and Values (Harvard University Press).

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    Great Minds: Slavoj Zizek

    Uploaded on Jul 3, 2011

    Modern radical thinker Slavoj Zizek spoke on the 1st July as part of the 'Great Minds' series, and affirmed his status as a great mind of modern philosophy and social, cultural and political theory. Starbucks, social solidarity and self-commodification were among the varied and enlightening topics touched upon by Zizek, all grounded by his interpretation of ideology and its continuing importance.

    One of Europe's foremost Marxist theorists, Zizek criticised modern leftist groups who, he argued, didn't really know how to cope with the upheaval of the 'sublime' moment (revelation that an assumed state of total happiness is actually nonexistent). The question of 'what happens next' has been asked since the dwindling exhaustion of modernism into postmodernism. Zizek asks us to put ideological pressure on modern life, confirming the presence of ideological symbolism even in blatant popular culture (such as two Oscar-winning films, The King's Speech and Black Swan [2010]).

    His manner was sometimes serious, sometimes comic and vaguely apocalyptic (he is a self confessed pessimist), which all together made for an engaging talk, dense in historical, anecdotal and political references. The combination of issues allowed the modern audience member to examine their own behaviour alongside Hegelian optimism, Freudian self-commodification and Marxist ideas of social roles, in a non 'academic' sense, referring to the purchasing of Starbucks coffee as a subconscious purchasing of social solidarity built into the price. An audience member asks 'isn't it the case that people know that what they're doing is buying a coffee that will then, in some sort of self-serving way, make them feel better about themselves?', thus showing that ideology is no longer a 'smokescreen' of sorts. Zizek answers by claiming that we follow things, knowing that they are ideologies, and this does not necessarily make them 'right' or true. This is where the notion of ideology seems to be headed; to a total self consciousness -- as with a Hegelian resolution of the 'Zeitgeist' (Zizek is actually close to the publishing of an 800 page book on Hegel).

    In his relatively brief talk, Slavoj Zizek managed to expose our susceptibility to certain ideologies, thus proving their ever present role in modern society - not bad for a Friday night in West London, perhaps the capital of the British bourgeoisie.

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    8 Intelligences: Are You a Jack of All Trades or a Master of One?

    Published on Jan 13, 2016

    What does it mean when someone calls you smart or intelligent? According to developmental psychologist Howard Gardner, it could mean one of eight things.

    Read the full transcript here: "Intelligence Isn't Black and White. There Are Actually 8 Different Kinds."

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    Why machines don't think like humans

    Published on Mar 8, 2016

    Artificial intelligence doesn't mimic the workings of the human brain: it reasons in a completely different way.

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