The Nature of Humans and Machines: A Multidisciplinary Discourse: Papers from the AAAI Fall Symposium
Larry Medsker, Chair
November 15–17, 2014, Arlington, Virginia
Technical Report FS-14-07
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Recent advances in artificial intelligence — such as enhancing human capabilities, introducing technological products that replace the need for some human activities, and enabling machines to exhibit characteristics of human intelligent behavior — are challenging traditional definitions of what it means to be human. This symposium will comprise in-depth research-based treatments of the relevant areas of AI and will also address speculative aspects and have the input from neuroscience, AI-related sciences, and technology areas. The symposium will include strong philosophical, ethical, and policy perspectives from professionals in those areas. The symposium will address big questions about the role and impact of AI on individuals and society including the following:
- What are the inherent limitations, if any, on AI technologies?
- Will AI developments evoke a new evolutionary trend that coinvolves AI-enhanced humans and artificially intelligent machines?
- Can brain-mapping data be used to reverse-engineer neural networks — or a "brain system" — in silico that acquires consciousness?
- What social, legal and/or moral status might be conferred upon such a system (or entity)?
- What effect would radical longevity have on the conduct of human social, economic, political, and spiritual life?