Epistemology and Artificial Intelligence

Submitted by wngreen on Sun, 2006-02-12 02:57

I just finished "Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology" (skiped the Q&A for now) and I have to admit this was my first in depth presentation on epistemology. I have wondered what the consequences are on a field I have always found facinating: Artificial Intelligence. The pragmatic definition of AI has always been 'that which has not been pinned down by Computer Science', and so we started with the (flawed) turing test, Chess games (which brought us game theory),  pattern recognition (Optical Character Recognition (OCR), speach recognition, face recognition, biometrics), and computer modeling (weather prediction, nuclear modeling). I have wondered what consequences IOE has on the field of AI and the progress it has made. This led me to stumble accross some (older) papers on just this subject

I admit this is probably been thought about before, but I think the best 'Turing Test' for AI is a nice ring game of texas hold'em. You have the modeling of other people to predict their behavior, the opprotunity to bluff (introspection regarding your own play plus bluffing). I should write myself a bot for party poker Smiling


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I think IOE has more implications for the coherence of the field as such than as some kind of new basis for it. E.g., it might lead to a thinker in the field to define his terms, such as what he means by "intelligence".

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