The Multiple Ways of Expressing “Intelligence”

  • Pascal ChabotEmail author
Part of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics book series (STAR, volume 130)


Since their fictional creation in Capek’s RUR, robots have always been the “others”, even the “nameless”. Yet, it is important to name these artifacts correctly as the question of nomination is not only cultural, but also political. In this short study shaped as an argumentative reasoning, I consider whether the adjective “intelligent” can or should be used to describe robots. The expression “artificial intelligence” itself is obviously took into account. In order to make the arguments as clear as possible, and therefore to be discussed or rejected, it was decided to leave them a central place, without inserting them into a continuous text.


Nomination Intelligence Argumentation Intention Philosophy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IHECSBrusselsBelgium

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