On the Other Hand ... Medical Report: Infectious Symbolophobia

Kenneth M. Ford, Patrick J. Hayes


Computers are the only machines which both manipulate symbols and are manipulated by them; they are "physical symbol systems." As we know, AI uses this insight to implement systems capable of thought. However, some people find this idea of a symbolic machine very unsettling. This tension can be a clinical precursor of a disorder called symbolophobia.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1609/aimag.v18i1.1287

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