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New Meetup: Artificial Intelligence: The Measure Of A Man

From: Steve
Sent on: Thursday, September 3, 2009 12:04 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Plato's Cave - The Orlando Philosophy Meetup Group!

What: Artificial Intelligence: The Measure Of A Man

When: September 27,[masked]:00 PM

Austins Coffee
929 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

Artificial Intelligence: The Measure Of A Man

Scene from Star Trek NG - Data and Riker in "Encounter At Farpoint". . .
"I am superior, sir, in many ways. But I would gladly give it up, to be human."
"Nice to meet you, Pinocchio."

The philosophy of artificial intelligence attempts to answer such question as:

Can a machine act intelligently?
Can it solve any problem that a person would solve by thinking?
Can a machine have a mind, mental states and consciousness in the same sense humans do?
Can it feel?
Are human intelligence and machine intelligence the same?
Is the human brain essentially a computer?
Can the human brain be enhanced by direct integration with a computer?
Can human thoughts and feelings be uploaded into a computer?

These questions reflect the divergent interests of AI researchers, philosophers and cognitive scientists. The answers to these questions depend on how one defines "intelligence" or "consciousness" and exactly which "machines" are under discussion.

Plato's Cave philosophers will discuss these questions and more at our September gathering. Join the dialogue.

Be sure the check the Plato's Cave file section for relevant reading, watching and listening material for this discussion.

Human Intelligence? - Quotes from Star Trek: The Next Generation:

Commander Data in "Hero Worship". . .
"I would gladly risk feeling bad at times if it also meant that I .. could .. taste my dessert."

Riker, ordered to argue that Commander Data is just a machine in "The Measure Of A Man". . .
"The Commander is a physical representation of a dream, an idea conceived by the mind of a man. His purpose ? To serve human needs and interests. He's a collection of neural nets and heuristic algorithms. His responses dictated by an elaborate software program written by a man. This hardware built by a man. And now .. and now a man will shut him off. Pinocchio is broken .. his strings have been cut."

Guinan to Picard in "The Measure Of A Man". . .
"Consider that in the history of many worlds, there have always been disposable creatures. They do the dirty work."

Data to Worf in "The Next Phase". . .
"I never knew what a friend was until I met Geordi. He spoke to me as though I were human. He treated me no differently from anyone else. He accepted me for what I am. And that, I have learned, is friendship."

Yar Hologram in "Skin of Evil". . .
"My friend Data, you see things with the wonder of a child. And that makes you more human than any of us."

Yar and Data in "The Naked Now". . .
"What I want now is gentleness, and joy, and love. .. From you Data, you are fully functional, aren't you ?"
"Of course, but .."
"How fully ?"
"In every way of course. I am programmed in multiple techiques. A broad variety of pleasuring."
"Oh, you jewel, that's exactly what I hoped."

Data and Picard in "In Theory". . .
"Captain. I am seeking advice on how to--"
"Yes, I've heard, Data. And I would be delighted to offer any advice I can on understanding women. When I have some, I'll let you know."

Picard and Troi discussing Data in "The Offspring". . .
PICARD: "I fail to understand how a five-foot android with heuristic learning systems and the strength of ten men can be called a child."
TROI: "You've never been a parent."

Data (trying to understand human behavior) in "Haven". . .
"Could you please continue the petty bickering? I find it most intriguing."

Data to Riker in "Suddenly Human". . .
"I fail to understand why this is amusing."
"Access your databanks under humor, subheading slapstick."
"Comedy stressing farce and horseplay. Aw. This no doubt is a variation on pie in the face. "
"Now do you see what's funny ?"
"No, sir, but I will take your word for it. This is very amusing."

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