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What has AI in Common with Philosophy?

John McCarthy
Computer Science Department
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305, U.S.A.,


AI needs many ideas that have hitherto been studied only by philosophers. This is because a robot, if it is to have human level intelligence and ability to learn from its experience, needs a general world view in which to organize facts. It turns out that many philosophical problems take new forms when thought about in terms of how to design a robot. Some approaches to philosophy are helpful and others are not.

John McCarthy
Tue Apr 23 22:16:53 PDT 1996