Can computers imagine?

Can computers imagine?

After a year of formally pursuing artificial intelligence and probably 2 more years of pursuit due to curiosity I went back to square one and am pondering upon more philosophical questions like:what is intelligence? I vaguely remember my first "Fundamentals of Machine Intelligence" class in which we discussed it as "mimicking humans". I had ofcourse underestimated the discussion then and was more keen on learning about advanced Neural networks and SVMs, a great folly indeed. But is "mimicking humans" all there is to intelligence? Surely there must be more. I looked around trying to find answer. A lot of introductory AI texts start of with this discussion, here is an excerpt from one of them:

"A very general mental capability that, among other things, involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and learn from experience"

The general idea one tends to get is that by intelligence we mean the following:

  • Reasoning
  • Planning
  • Solve problems
  • Think abstractly
  • Comprehend complex ideas
  • Learn quickly and learn for experience

But is that all there is? Einstien said, "The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination". Can computers imagine?

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  1. hi,

    Pls check the link provided by you for " IM: An introduction" I think it is not working . Don't forget to see below link. All the best GI or AI :p

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