Just off-the-record...

Published 14 January 05 11:20 PM

During my studies, like every second student, I was very interested in Artificial Intelligence. With the passage of time, this passion died. Today I was just thinking about my old concepts... so here I go...

What is an intelligent system? A system that is able to make decisions which are quite logical and are difficult to be proved using normal math. An intelligent system is composed of following major parts...

  1. Perception
  2. Data and its representation
  3. Inference

Perception includes devices which are used to gather the information from environment. Current science and physics are quite sophisticated and very good perception equipment is available in market in form of cameras, motion sensors, temperature sensors.

Data and its representation involve the means to store/access the data acquired by the perception equipment or devices. There are very sophisticated data structures available which can help in doing so.

Inference: the most difficult part of the system which involves intelligent decision making. There is a fire in room. This fact can be inferred by using camera or heat sensors. Data can be made available in meaningful form for processing. But the decision of finding fire escape or a window is the most difficult part or what about the decision of saving a child instead of looking for a fire escape or a window?

Ever wondered XML is an excellent way to represent data and making intelligent decisions?

Now, what is AI? AI is actually philosophy, not a part of computer science; it uses CS as an implementation tool, to observe if the ideas developed are actually useful enough. (Many references available).

Secondly, every subject is a part of philosophy, before it has enough knowledge in it to be separated, so we always look to philosophers to answer questions about nearly everything (Rich and Knight).

Now, how does science explain God?? Read for yourself....

"In his famous meditation, Descartes attempted to find a basis for reality purely through cognitive introspection. Systematically rejecting the input of his senses as untrustworthy, Descartes was forced to doubt even the existence of the physical world and was left with only the reality of thought; even his own existence had to be justified in terms of thought; "I think therefore I am". After he established his own existence purely as a thinking entity, Descartes inferred the existence of God as an essential creator and ultimately reasserted the reality of the physical universe as the creation of a benign God"

(Lugar and Stubblefield, Page 6)

Now rejecting our input as untrustworthy would be quite understandable, if any of you watched "The Matrix", where illusions were fed to the mind.

Fahad Khalil,
trying to be intelligent!

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