Thinking and AI - About Human and Artificial Intelligence

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How do we ensure that the idea that human intelligence can be replaced by AI does not become a self-fulfilling prophecy? That is a question that runs like a thread through the exhibition Reflections. Beneath is a deeper question: how do we ensure that people retain their human dignity if AI seems to be able to do everything better than we can? In this essay I want to argue that the human mind is so much more complicated and interesting than we might think under the influence of the brain sciences and the developments in AI. And, that AI can make a valuable contribution to promote human dignity.
The relationship between body and mind, the question of what the mind is, and the question whether people have free will or whether they in the end are systems determined by biophysical processes (where the experience that you make decisions yourself is only an illusion), are great philosophical questions which have been debated by philosophers and non-philosophers for centuries. Just as in the body-mind discussion, the debate about AI versus human intelligence seeks evidence in the natural and social sciences as well as in philosophy.
But does such evidence convince you? Do you manage to make such insights your own? When you think about (the expectations of) AI, do you manage not to become somewhat worried about it? Do you actually manage to understand and see why AI is different from you?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtificial intelligence in society, and the issue of human dignity
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2020


  • Artificial intelligence
  • Philosophical reflection
  • Human thinking


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