Biologist: Some computer scientists imagine that all that is required for making an artificial intelligence is to cre...

on March 25, 2020

Please explain why C is incorrect?

Hello - I picked C, after a debate between B and C. My logic in picking C over B: if I dont need to model the brains operation for AI, I dont care whether or not the genome contains the information on how neurons interact in the brain. Thanks for the help!

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Shunhe on March 25, 2020

Hi @lbblb3,

Thanks for the question! Let’s take a close look at the biologist’s argument. The biologist is saying that computer scientists who think that AI just requires making a computer program that encapsulates the information contained in the human genome are incorrect. Why? Because the operation of the human brain is governed by the interactions of certain proteins. In other words, the argument is talking about whether the computer scientist’s approach is a sufficient condition, if it is feasible to do it with the computer scientist’s approach.

Now let’s take a look at answer choice (C). (C) tells us that the only way to create AI is to model it on the human brain’s operation. In other words:

model on human brain’s operation —> create AI

but now the creation of AI is a necessary condition, which isn’t what we’re concerned about, so (C) can’t be true. We can also use the assumption negation technique on (C). Let’s say that there is another way to create AI that doesn’t involve modeling it on the operation of the human brain. So what? The biologist’s argument could still be true in that the way that the computer scientists’ method still isn’t sufficient, and so (C) can’t be a required assumption of the argument.

Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any further questions that you might have.