Can machines think? 🤔 What is consciousness? These questions are too important to leave to AI researchers. Cognitive scientists, psychologists, philosophers, and neuroscientists have investigated these questions for ages and came up with frameworks to think about such questions. Here we focus on two things, the philosophical critique of AI (both symbolic and connectionist) and various approaches to consciousness (or intelligence, or minds).

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Recently a linguistic search engine overturned the federal mask mandate in the US, the recent issue of The Economist says “Huge “foundation models” are turbo-charging AI progress” and Gary Marcus seems to be the only person who bets against the success of AI. But can we trust empiricism and big data? A large language model can decide the debate over the common or right usage of words?

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