SOPhiA 2019

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Early Putnam's Functionalist Hypothesis and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
(Philosophy of Mind, English)

My aim in this paper is to understand the relationship between early Putnam's functionalism and artificial intelligence; also to analyze the position of AI in the philosophy of mind. Being a functionalist, Putnam has argued that mental processes are computational processes realized in a machine. It explains the mind as a machine. He advances the analogy between minds and machines by putting a question in the case of machines and robots. Could robot or machines be conscious? Or could a robot be more powerful than human beings and also more intelligent than human beings? This Question becomes an inquiry to analyze the relationship between early Putnam's functionalism and artificial intelligence, where I will try to explore the states of mind in artificial intelligence. The main aim of artificial intelligence is to reproduce mentality in machines. That is to say that AI aims at producing machines with the mind. If we say that machines have minds, then we have to ascribe certain "belief", "knowledge", "free will", "intention", "observations", etc. to a machine.

Chair: Ruben Noorloos
Time: 16:00-16:30, 20 September 2019 (Friday)
Location: SR 1.007
Remark: CHANGE. The talk is cancelled!

Suraj Kumar Sahoo 
(IIT Bombay, India)

Apart from being a research scholar at Dept. of H&SS, IIT Bombay, I have been teaching philosophy as a Lecturer in a college since October, 2017.

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