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Summer 8-23-2019


AI, consciousness, dogmatics, faith, intelligence, theological anthropology, materialism


The question of intelligence opens up a bouquet of interrelated questions:

Suppose that some future AGI systems (on-screen or robots) equaled human performance. Would they have real intelligence, real understanding, real creativity? Would they have selves, moral standing, free choice? Would they be conscious? And without consciousness, could they have any of those other properties?[1]

The only way out of the morass is to recognize that truth claims do not stand on their own, aloof and cut off from the sea of meaning which grants epistemic access. In other words, truth presumes access to: (1) a way of knowing, and (2) a reason to trust our ability to know. Thus, the way out of the morass requires we recognize truth claims as speech-acts that take place within an epistemic frame of reference.

[1] Boden, M. 2016. AI: Its Nature and Future. First ed. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 119.

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