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    It is a weak philosopher who must start by putting words in a strawman’s mouth. It seems that they require a framing in which philosophers and computer scientists are in tension.

    From quantum mechanics, we know that the world is not made of definite meaningful objects; it is contextual and non-local. Rather, we measure the world, and those measurements correlate to build up an illusory memory which we interpret as an experience. Internal representations are necessary even if we only are trying to understand human cognition. Maybe it wasn’t AI, but Kalman filters got us to the Moon, which was plenty impressive, and that family of techniques is all about refining internal representations.

    That said, when the author points out that minds are not separable from brains:

    Heidegger’s and Merleau-Ponty’s understanding of embedded embodied coping, therefore, is not that the mind is sometimes extended into the world but rather that, in our most basic way of being, – that is, as skillful copers, – we are not minds at all but one with the world.

    I agree with this, but then I think that the author’s argument reduces the entirety of AI research to a question of how to implement brains. I could agree with that too, I suppose; I don’t really know what AI is.

    I wonder whether the author knows about the default mode network; part of human cognition is the ability to reflect, daydream, ponder, and ignore sensory input. We do not merely exist, but we learn from existing. Algorithms like the Gödel machine operate in a concomitant mode of trying to solve problems and also trying to learn how to be better at solving problems.

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      It seems that they require a framing in which philosophers and computer scientists are in tension.

      It seems that they were, at least at MIT in the early 60s, and in the author’s reminiscence.

      This is one of the more interesting submissions to Lobste.rs I’ve read. I know very little about Heidegger’s phenomenology, and seeing it framed in terms of artificial intelligence helped me get a better grip on it.