IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE INTELLIGENT? QUESTIONING THE STATUS OF THE INVENTED VIS-Ã€-VIS THE INVENTOR
Keywords:Artificial Intelligence, Human Person, Intelligence, Machine
This paper presents an intriguing debate on artificial intelligence and the human person. Science has grown into an unpredictable parlance to the extent that its breakthroughs now re-make creation to reflect manâ€™s desires. This has led, for example, to the attempt to create machines that could work like more competent persons, such that these machines could be equated with human persons or considered as the human counterpart. By implication, the project of artificial intelligence seeks but one thing, that is, to make a â€˜prototype manâ€™ or an â€˜artificial manâ€™. For, to grant the concept of artificial intelligence is to affirm, without any prejudice, the concept of artificial man. For this reason, this paper argues that there is nothing like artificial intelligence because it is too much of an exaggeration to think of machines that can do things men can do. It maintains that intelligence cannot be assigned to machines and machines do not possess intelligence. Rather, machines merely perform intelligent acts not as an ontological attribute but as an installed programme; hence machines are not intelligent in themselves. It concludes that intelligence is authentic and ontological to the human person.