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Mindless Intelligence
May/June 2006 (vol. 21 no. 3)
pp. 50-56
Jordan B. Pollack, Brandeis University
AI was founded on a mistaken goal. Trying to create human-level intelligence by simulating cognitive architecture, often discovered via introspective protocols, is practically impossible owing to the limits of software engineering. However, many processes in nature are much more powerful than human symbolic thought. These exquisitely iterative systems, such as evolution and embryogenesis, don't require logic, grammar, or other accoutrements of anthropomorphic cognitive architecture. Successfully studying intelligence as it arises outside the human mind, rather than failing to deliver on the old promises of human-level performance, will put the field on a sturdier scientific and fiscal foundation.This article is part of a special issue on the Future of AI.
Index Terms:
evolution, embryogenesis, ectomental, autopoesis, self-organization, artificial life, artificial intelligence
Citation:
Jordan B. Pollack, "Mindless Intelligence," IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 50-56, May-June 2006, doi:10.1109/MIS.2006.55
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