Sunday Book-Thought 50Posted: April 23, 2017 | |
One consequence of this model of intelligence, especially of any computer implementation of this model, is that such a system runs the risk of being described as only appearing to be intelligent without actually being intelligent. In some sense, intelligence is in the eye of the beholder, and most beholders are prejudiced by skin. If the skin of the teller of the story is fleshy and humanlike, we are likely to consider the algorithm that produced the story to be an intelligent one, except perhaps in the case of the grandfather who we would agree was intelligent but is now telling the same story too often. But if the skin is plastic and we suspect that a computer is inside we are likely to claim that the algorithms being used to produce the same story were somehow just unintelligent retrieval methods.
In the end all we have, machine or human, are stories and methods of finding and using those stories.
– Roger Schank, Tell Me a Story: Narrative and Intelligence (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1995), p. 16
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