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Member Monday

Hosted and Lead By: Steve Smith


This Week's Topic:

02.25.2019 | Artificial Intelligence

The debate in Paris in 1975 resonates even today in the world of machine learning. The topic: the nature of human cognition. Noam Chomsky, the noted linguist and intellectual, held that babies are born with in-built rules and instincts that help them develop the knowledge needed to navigate the world; Jean Piaget, the Swiss psychologist, argued rather that babies are effectively blank slates that acquire knowledge on-the-fly from their world experiences.

The nature of so-called deep learning, together with its associated fantasies and fears, would seem to pivot around the same question i.e. are machines simply blank slates, confined Piaget-style to lower-level learning through ongoing data streams, or may/must they be equipped with some sort of reasoning and learning capacity in order to achieve anything approaching what we might deem quasi-human? And, if it's the latter, is such enabling capability even programmable? The answer to those questions is the difference between real intelligence and the mere replication of intelligence…

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