Can AI Help Us to Understand Belief? Sources, Advances, Limits, and Future Directions

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The study of belief is expanding and involves a growing set of disciplines and research areas. These research programs attempt to shed light on the process of believing, understood as a central human cognitive function. Computational systems and, in particular, what we commonly understand as Artificial Intelligence (AI), can provide some insights on how beliefs work as either a linear process or as a complex system. However, the computational approach has undergone some scrutiny, in particular about the differences between what is distinctively human and what can be inferred from AI systems. The present article investigates to what extent recent developments in AI provide new elements to the debate and clarify the process of belief acquisition, consolidation, and recalibration. The article analyses and debates current issues and topics of investigation such as: different models to understand belief, the exploration of belief in an automated reasoning environment, the case of religious beliefs, and future directions of research.
Year of Publication
2021
Journal
International Journal of Interactive Multimedia and Artificial Intelligence
Volume
7
Issue
Special Issue on Artificial Intelligence, Spirituality and Analogue Thinking
Number
1
Number of Pages
24-33
Date Published
09/2021
ISSN Number
1989-1660
URL
https://www.ijimai.org/journal/sites/default/files/2021-08/ijimai7_1_3_0.pdf
DOI
10.9781/ijimai.2021.08.003
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