What the Near Future of Artificial Intelligence Could Be

Philosophy and Technology, 2020

15 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2020 Last revised: 13 Jan 2022

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Luciano Floridi

Yale University - Digital Ethics Center; University of Bologna- Department of Legal Studies

Date Written: April 7, 2020


In this article, I shall argue that AI’s likely developments and possible challenges are best understood if we interpret AI not as a marriage between some biological-like intelligence and engineered artefacts, but as a divorce between agency and intelligence, that is, the ability to solve problems successfully and the necessity of being intelligent in doing so. I shall then look at five developments: (1) the growing shift from logic to statistics, (2) the progressive adaptation of the environment to AI rather than of AI to the environment, (3) the increasing translation of difficult problems into complex problems, (4) the tension between regulative and constitutive rules underpinning areas of AI application, and (5) the push for synthetic data.

Suggested Citation

Floridi, Luciano, What the Near Future of Artificial Intelligence Could Be (April 7, 2020). Philosophy and Technology, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3570424 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3570424

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