Psychology of Artificial Intelligence

The effect of advances in AI research on psychology and neuroscience are easily underestimated. With a deeper understanding of the interplay between symbolic reasoning and emotional/motivational structure, psychologists will have more powerful tools for working with human cognition, with far reaching consequences. These changes will be very visible several decades before prosthetic AI enhancements become a reality.

  • As of 2006 top human players of games of skills have learned new strategies as a result of studying computer end games.
  • In the same way, computer based combinatorial design, a precursor to AI powered design engines, will lead engineers to new engineering design principles, which will be seen in the form of aesthetically designed and functional buildings and bridges.
  • In developing AI there will be intensive investigation and modelling of human emotional structure. Films will become even more effective at manipulating your emotions. With greater interactivity they will adjust the plot, pace and music to biofeedback signals. Naturally this will happen first with pornographic material. Questions about the ethicality of using computer tracked emotional models and biofeedback in advertising will be raised.
  • Investigation of efficient methods for teaching AIs will lead to vastly more effective methods for teaching humans. Spending three years learning a foreign language and hardly being able to speak it or struggling with basic math (such as double angle formulae and integration by parts) after several years of tuition in high school, will be regarded with great pity and near incredulity. There will be a greater emphasis on motivating learning, and much subtler use of memory.

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