CT4521 notes 09/10

September 10th Notes


Fallacy of fake precision:

-The argument treats it’s evidence as highly precise when in actuality, precision is poor.

Exp.#1 cigarette nicotine

Exp.#2 apple G5 processor power


Fallacy of slippery slope:

-If you adopt some change, fallacy says it will lead to a landslide of consequence, when in reality, steps of change occur gradually

Exp.#1 pledge of allegiance

Exp.#2 car-seat laws


Discussion Questions


Traditional AI: Information processing

-Input > Process > Output

-Popular idea of human/ general intelligence/ the mind is the “seat of intelligence”

-Talking computer programs in Loebner contest


Embodied Cognitive Science:

-Rodney Brooks

-Looking at agent within the environment

-Illustrates flaws of traditional AI cognition

-Processes could be linked in an asynchronous, parallel array.

-A bunch of modules doing their own things that interact with the environment and communicate with each other indirectly

Exp. Six-legged robot based on this theory works/walks



autonomous agent: works independently and interacts with environment freely without a certain input


Group Debate: “Are computers autonomous agents? Why or why not?”





In Thinking Styles and Sternberg’s view of intelligence


Group Debate 2: “In reference to Sternberg’s chapter one, are people more like the traditional AI or more like the embodied view”