AlphaGo, AI, and Philosophy

From the Chinese room to Helen Keller

There is a thought experiment, proposed by those who think it’s impossible for computers to have strong artificial intelligence. It’s called the Chinese room.

But it doesn’t mean I really know Chinese.

When I first read about that thought experiment, I immediately remembered Helen Keller. She was deaf and blind, from a very young age. She wouldn’t understand language. But at one point, something clicked in her mind and understood those movements in one hand her teacher was doing were symbolizing the idea of the water running on her other hand.


Many people feel sadness.


Some other people feel fear.

Batty vs Ava vs Jane

In many of the examples in SciFi, there are the same questions many of us ask throughout our life.


The fourth game between AlphaGo and Lee Sedol finished with AlphaGo resigning.

Many questions

For me, questions are the main takeaway. General AI could be here much before than I expected. And the main knowledge corpus comes from Science Fiction, from books and films.

  • Would AI be one individual or many different ones? If one, which type? If many and with different “personalities”, would they conflict?
  • Will it be possible to encode the three rules? Wouldn’t they be overridden by a truly autonomous AI?
  • Would AI be able to love?
  • Should they have rights?
  • Do human race lose value because of AI?
  • Hey, I have religious faith. Do AI have a place in terms of faith?



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Gonzalo Fernandez

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