Can AI Be Taught to Think?

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


In this Strathclyde Evening Talk, Dr Dörfler will contrast the way computers process data with the way human experts think, and explore the difference between the learning algorithms of Artificial Intelligence and human learning in order to illuminate the key differences between humans and machines. This will lead to the crucial question of what we can and what we cannot teach computers to do.
Based on his 20+ years of research, consultancy and teaching, Viktor argues that in the areas requiring original thinking, truly exceptional human performance cannot, and will not be emulated by AI. He proposes that computers and humans are good at inherently different things, and therefore, extraordinary achievements of the future will come from smart people being supported by smart technology.

Dr Viktor Dörfler is a Senior Lecturer in Information & Knowledge Management at the Department of Management Science, University of Strathclyde Business School, UK. Viktor’s scholarly research is in the area of knowledge and learning. His research on human knowledge and learning focuses on phenomena such as intuition and creativity.
In a recent project, he conducted in-depth open-ended interviews with 17 Nobel Laureates in order to understand the thinking and learning of those at the highest level of expertise. Viktor has been actively involved with artificial intelligence (AI) for 20 years. He is spearheading the development of an AI software called Doctus, which is one of the best knowledge-based expert system shells in the world.
In his research on knowledge modelling, Viktor creates new algorithms, compares various AI solutions, and explores the validity of AI. This research serves as a foundation for the development of the Doctus software. In his consultancy work as a knowledge engineer for the banking, healthcare, telecommunications industries and the government sector, Viktor uses Doctus to support complex decisions through modelling expert knowledge. He has written two books, eight book chapters, 20+ journal papers, and nearly 100 conference papers and serves on the editorial board of Management Learning. Over the last year Viktor delivered a series of talks on Human Mind vs. AI, in New York, London, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, and Lausanne, culminating in a TEDx talk.
Period10 Jan 2019
Event titleStrathclyde Bahrain Centre Management talk
Event typeSeminar
LocationManama, BahrainShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Intuition
  • artificial intelligence
  • big data