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26/10/2018 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dipartimento di Filosofia
Friday, 26 October 2018
Gianluigi Oliveri (Università di Palermo)
Concepts, Proto-concepts, and Artificial Intelligence (joint work with S. Gaglio)
Abstract: In “Wittgenstein, Turing, and Neural Networks” (WTNN) we argued, among other things, that one of the corner stones of analytical philosophy, the so-called ‘priority thesis,’ cannot be right. Let us mention, in passing, that, according to the priority thesis, the study of language is prior, in the order of explanation, to the study of thought.
This paper is a follow-up to WTNN focussing on aspects of conceptual activity that have to do with the ability to make distinctions. In particular, after having, preliminarily, drawn a demarcation line between concepts and proto-concepts, we proceed by discussing some stimulus-response cognitive systems (Convolutional Neural Networks) that can be trained to make distinctions typical of proto-concepts in the absence of high-level cognitive functions such as consciousness, understanding, representation, and intentionality.
We believe that such cognitive systems (CNNs) might cast light on a region of conceptual activity which, far from being the ultimate product of a `linguistic mind,’ is, rather, inscribed in the nuts and bolts of these systems’ biology/electronics.