Quotes from Various Presenters

The fact that Deep Blue can beat Kasaprov just shows that brute force can sometimes achieve what would otherwise require real thought.

— Tim van Gelder, Ref

Until computer scientists can solve the far more difficult problem of commonsense intelligence, machines will remain our intellectual inferiors and subject to our dominion.

— Tim van Gelder, Ref

The march of information technology will not produce machines superior to humans. Rather, it will overhaul our understanding of what we are and what machines are.

— Tim van Gelder, Ref

Our own mastery of technology and our level of scientific self-understanding are reaching the stage where we can re-create deep aspects of ourselves in non-biological form. This process will gradually force a dramatic transformation of our understanding of what we essentially are…

— Tim van Gelder, Ref

The historian of science may be tempted to exclaim that when paradigms change, the world itself changes with them.

Under normal conditions the research scientist is not an innovator but a solver of puzzles, and the puzzles upon which he concentrates are just those which he believes can be both stated and solved within the existing scientific tradition.

It is, I think, particularly in periods of acknowledged crisis that scientists have turned to philosophical analysis as a device for unlocking the riddles of their field. Scientists have not generally needed or wanted to be philosophers.

The crises of our time, it becomes increasingly clear, are the necessary impetus for the revolution now under way. And once we understand nature’s transformative powers, we see that it is our powerful ally, not a force to feared our subdued.

— Thomas Kuhn

To turn Karl [Popper]’s view on its head, it is precisely the abandonment of critical discourse that marks the transition of science. Once a field has made the transition, critical discourse recurs only at moments of crisis when the bases of the field are again in jeopardy. Only when they must choose between competing theories do scientists behave like philosophers.

— Thomas Kuhn

Rather than being an interpreter, the scientist who embraces a new paradigm is like the man wearing inverting lenses.

— Thomas Kuhn

If we want our species to survive in the long term, human beings cannot afford to stop reaching for the stars.

— Peter C. Doherty

Regrettably, induction is peripheral to traditional AI, and the machine learning community in large is not interested in A(G)I. It is the field of reinforcement learning at the intersection of AI and machine learning that has AGI ambitions and takes learning seriously.

— Marcus Hutter, Ref

The human mind is one of the great mysteries in the Universe, and arguably the most interesting phenomenon to study.

— Marcus Hutter, Ref

The dream of creating artificial devices which reach or outperform human intelligence is an old one. What makes this challenge so interesting? A solution would have enormous implications on our society, and there are reasons to believe that the AI problem can be solved in my expected lifetime. So, it’s worth sticking to it for a lifetime, even if it takes 30 years or so to reap the benefits.

— Marcus Hutter

Indeed it has even become an acceptable attitude that general intelligence is in principle unamenable to a formal definition. In my opinion, claiming something to be impossible without strong evidence sounds close to an unscientific position; and there are no convincing arguments against the feasibility of AGI.

— Marcus Hutter

The grand goal of AI is to develop systems that exhibit general intelligence on a human-level or beyond. If achieved, this would have a far greater impact on human society than all previous inventions together, likely resulting in a post-human civilization that only faintly resembles current humanity.

— Marcus Hutter

If we have more ability to think about the consequences of our actions, we have a greater ability not just to see the future, but to see ourselves in the future.

I believe that one of the benefits of radical life-extension will be the radical expansion of our sense of time – our presence in time.

It’s not how well the system works, it’s what happens when it fails that distinguishes a Utopia from a Dystopia

Consider the progress of some of the beneficial technologies that save lives, that enable us to stay informed, that entertain us, and keep us in touch with those we care about. As the efficacy of these technologies continues to evolve, we have the power to shape their outcome. The human species is at a unique stage in history – Scientific and technological progress is moving fast and continues to accelerate.

— Adam Ford

Consider the progress of some of the beneficial technologies that save lives, that enable us to stay informed, that entertain us, and keep us in touch with those we care about. As the efficacy of these technologies continues to evolve, we have the power to shape their outcome. The human species is at a unique stage in history – Scientific and technological progress is moving fast and continues to accelerate.

— Adam Ford