Philosophy of Technology

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Month: September 2016

If death is what gives our lives meaning, can AI’s ever be considered human?

  In his book “Death”, Todd May argues that death is the most important fact about us. Despite the common…

Searle’s “understanding” and machine learning

In John Searle’s “Minds, Brains and Programs”, He insists that there is something causal which enables people understand. And it…

Google Translating the Turing Test

Given the past limitation of chat bots and other translation, one might easily come to the conclusion that such programs have…

Can AI have emotions?

In Alan Turing’s essay, two replies argue against the learning possibility of AI, respectively from perspectives of several disabilities and…

Hybrid Thinking: Moral Implications and Simulation Feasibility

A Ted Talk by Ray Kurzweil, the iconic futurist, entitled, “Get Ready for Hybrid Thinking” indulges in the possibility for…

Google’s Newest ‘Independent’ Translation System Can Translate Better than You!

This recent article posted on Technology Review discusses Google’s claims that a new system of Google’s translation device is able…

The Legitimacy of Testing Artificial Intelligence

Alan Turing’s seminal paper, Computing Machinery, and Intelligence explores the meaning of “thinking” and “machinery” in order to clarify to…

Her: Far Outshone in The Psywar with AI

Human has always been infatuated with making machines to simulate life, from mere biological duplication to more intellectual and functional…

“Artificial Intelligence”: A Rethink about AI ethnics

Before I actually watching the movie “Artificial Intelligence”, I have already seen the prevalent comment saying it is a grave…

Google Translate, Alpha Go, Searle: What do they have in common?

https://www.wired.com/2016/09/google-claims-ai-breakthrough-machine-translation/ This article by Cade Metz reports how the use of AI technology, specifically one modelled after neurons in the…

Philosophy of Technology at NYU Shanghai, a course by Anna Greenspan and Brad Weslake.