The Quest for Artificial Wisdom

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The term "Contemplative sciences" refers to an interdisciplinary approach to mind that aims at a better understanding of alternative states of consciousness, like those obtained trough deep concentration and meditation, mindfulness and other "superior" or "spiritual" mental states. There is, however, a key discipline missing: artificial intelligence. AI has forgotten its original aims to create intelligent machines that could help us to understand better what intelligence is and is more worried about pragmatical stuff, so almost nobody in the field seems to be interested to join this new effort of contemplative science. In this paper, I would like to accomplish the following: (1) To give a brief description of the field of "contemplative sciences;" (2) To argue why AI should actively join this new paradigm on the study of the mind; and (3) To set up a research program on artificial wisdom: that is to design computational systems that can model at least some relevant aspects of human wisdom. © 2012 Springer-Verlag London Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-207
JournalAI and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Alternate states of consciousness
  • Artificial wisdom
  • Buddhism
  • Cognitive sciences
  • Contemplative sciences
  • Meditation
  • Wisdom


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