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  • Writer's pictureDr. Leon Tsvasman

What really is Intelligence?



Interview with Dr. Leon Tsvasman

In all discussions about the role of artificial intelligence, sooner or later the question arises as to how one should actually define “intelligence”.

“Intelligence is the ability of an individual to act purposefully, to think sensibly and to deal effectively with his environment."

This is how it is based on the common definition of the American psychologist David Wechsler from 1964, who dealt with the measurement of intelligence.

The most frequently cited definition approaches for the term intelligence are psychologically shaped, performance-oriented and imply, among other things, that it is a characteristic of intelligence to implement clear - given or formulated - goals as rationally as possible, ie "correctly".

Precisely at this point Dr. Leon R. Tsvasman is convinced:

Intelligence, which is analytically understood and characterized by efficiency, as a measurable performance proves to be inadequate in terms of knowledge in our complex world and increasingly destructive if applied to action.

How the supposedly intelligent decisions increase the efficiency of conventional processes and ideas and tend to lead to increasing problems. Examples can be found in the health sector, in economic value creation, in the selection and assessment of workers or in all types of administrative decisions or in measures to combat disasters or climate change.

Table of contents of the article:

1) Detecting effectiveness instead of increasing efficiency

2) Traditional definitions of intelligence cause difficulties in the context of AI

3) Purpose-pragmatic intelligence often uses mastery scales

4) We find it difficult to understand or recognize other intelligences than our own

5) Infosomatic presence as a suggestion for a contemporary concept of intelligence

6) What the understanding of intelligence has to do with power and violence

7) Uncheckable truths are an efficient basis for dictatorships

Editor of the Intelligente-Welt(de)

Original Interview in German:

The sequences of the article will be published in excerpts in English in the following blog posts based on implicit questions.

Recommended exercise:

Learn to understand the concepts from the thinking flow across languages ​​in order to think along - not just to learn factual content. Use Google translator for this, play with translation variances in order to understand the conceptual intention of the author.

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