, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 889–898 | Cite as

The naturalness of artificial intelligence from the evolutionary perspective

  • Vladimír HavlíkEmail author
Open Forum


Current discussions on artificial intelligence, in both the theoretical and practical realms, contain a fundamental lack of clarity regarding the nature of artificial intelligence, perhaps due to the fact that the distinction between natural and artificial appears, at first sight, both intuitive and evident. Is AI something unnatural, non-human and therefore dangerous to humanity, or is it only a continuation of man’s natural tendency towards creativity? It is not surprising that from the philosophical point of view, this distinction is the basic question that fundamentally affects all other considerations and conclusions pertaining to artificial intelligence. In this article, I would like to explain this difference and draw attention to some conclusions, which may result from a naturalistic perspective with regard to recent philosophical posthumanism. For this purpose, I present several examples of the natural–artificial distinction in the different fields of the philosophy of science and then discuss their implications for the problem of intelligence. Based on Dennett’s conception of intentionality and the naturalistic perspective, I demonstrate that besides the traditional conception, there is a non-anthropocentric evolutionary view in which the natural–artificial distinction disappears and it is possible to see a united process of intelligence creation.


Artificial Natural Intelligence Artifact Evolution Intentionality 



This work was supported by the Czech Scientific Foundation (Grant no. 17-16370S).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Czech Academy of SciencesInstitute of PhilosophyPragueCzech Republic

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