Is AI case that is explainable, intelligible or hopeless?

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Łukasz Mścisławski


Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland This article is a review of the book Making AI Intelligible. Philosophical Foundations, written by Herman Cappelen and Josh Dever, and published in 2021 by Oxford University Press. The authors of the reviewed book address the difficult issue of interpreting the results provided by AI systems and the links between human-specific content handling and the internal mechanisms of these systems. Considering the potential usefulness of various frameworks developed in philosophy to solve the problem, they conduct a thorough analysis of a wide spectrum of them, from the use of Saul Kripke’s work to a critical analysis of the explainable AI current.

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Mścisławski, Łukasz. (2022). Is AI case that is explainable, intelligible or hopeless?. Philosophical Problems in Science (Zagadnienia Filozoficzne W Nauce), (73), 357–369. Retrieved from
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