Tag Archives: AI

The feasibility of mind uploading

Neuroscientist Kenneth Miller has an interesting post at the New York Times discussing the feasibility of mind uploading: I am a theoretical neuroscientist. I study models of brain circuits, precisely the sort of models that would be needed to try … Continue reading

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A machine in the likeness of a human mind

In the fictional far future of the classic science fiction novel, ‘Dune‘, computers are taboo across all human cultures, the result of an ancient jihad which resulted in the religious commandment: “Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of … Continue reading

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Michael Graziano on building a brain

I’ve written a few times on the Attention Theory schema of consciousness.  It’s a theory I like because it’s scientific, eschewing any mystical steps, such as assuming that consciousness just magically arises at a certain level of complexity.  It’s almost certainly … Continue reading

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Emotional versus intellectual attributions of consciousness

Click through for full sized version and the red button caption. via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. This SMBC reminds me of a concept that I’ve been debating on ways to express, but a brief comment here seems like the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Should we fear AI? Neil deGrasse Tyson’s answer is the right one.

HuffPost has an article up with quotes from various people on the dangers, or non-dangers of artificial intelligence.  They include the usual suspects: Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, etc.  Most of them express concern about the dangers.  But I think … Continue reading

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What do you think about machines that think?

The Edge question for this year was, “What do you think about machines that think?”  There are a lot of good responses, and some predictably inane ones.  Daniel Dennett gives a good write up on why the Singularity is overblown, … Continue reading

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When should we consider an AI a fellow being?

Fears of AI (artificial intelligence) are still showing up the media, most recently with another quote from Stephen Hawking warning that it might be the end of us, with Elon Musk, due to his own anxious statements, now being referenced … Continue reading

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Enthusiasts and Skeptics Debate Artificial Intelligence

Kurt Anderson has an interesting article at Vanity Fair that looks at the debate among technologists about the singularity: Enthusiasts and Skeptics Debate Artificial Intelligence | Vanity Fair. Machines performing unimaginably complicated calculations unimaginably fast—that’s what computers have always done. Computers … Continue reading

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xkcd: AI-Box Experiment

Click through for full sized version and yellow caption. via xkcd: AI-Box Experiment. I do keep saying that AIs won’t want what we want.

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Elon Musk: Killer robots will be here within 5 Years

Not sure what to make of this one: ELON MUSK: Killer Robots Will Be Here Within 5 Years – Business Insider. Elon Musk has been ranting about killer robots again. Musk posted a comment on the futurology site Edge.org, warning readers … Continue reading

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