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Howard Yee

Software Engineer @ Rubenstein Technology Group,


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Can technology replace human intelligence?

This week in my Bioelectricity class we learned about extracellular fields. One facet of the study of extracellular field I find interesting is the determination of the field from a known source (AKA the Forward Problem) versus the determination of the source from a known field (AKA the Inverse Problem). Whereas the forward problem is simple and solutions may be obtained through calculations, the inverse problem poses a problem. The lack of uniqueness to the inverse problem means the solution requires interpretation, which may be subjective. We may also apply a mechanism for the interpretation; this mechanism is known as an AI. However, this facet of AI (document classification) is only the surface of the field.

Damon Horowitz gave a recent presentation at TEDxSoMa called “Why machines need people”. In it, he says that AI can never approach the intelligence of humans. He gives examples of AI systems, like classification and summarization. He explains that those systems are simply “pattern matching” without any intelligence behind them. If true, perhaps the subjective interpretation of inverse problems is welcomed over the dumb classification. Through experience, the interpreters may have more insight than one can impart on an algorithm.

However, what Damon failed to mention was that most of those AI systems built to do small tasks is known as weak AI. There is a whole other field of study for strong AI, whose methods of creating intelligence is much more than “pattern matching”. Proponents of strong AI believe that human intelligence can be replicated. Of course we are a long way off from seeing human-level AI. What makes human intelligence hard to replicate? Can it be simulated? What if we created a model of the human brain, would it be able to think?

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  • Mar 11 2012: Human is a may of your world and you here are in a kinda of map which means something with relation to else. Now one of the criteria of creation or big bang as its known is to create a world of your with strong emphasis on i with infinite posibilities but this world of your which is infinite is a box or a dimension or plane. What is beyond you will not know cos you where not created with requirements for such. Their is also within this huge existence with many boxes with content and many yet to be filled their is definite direction. Technology could be one of the aspect along with religion, science, etc.,

    Conclusion :
    1.Every human is a map of a world.
    2. Every person has to work on i and fill the infinite world or box of self.
    3. People and boxes can be interdependent and be social but their is direction cos all this is within a big box of this plane, dimension or entity.
    4. Technology is one of aspect as religion or science or morality, other concepts need life too.

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