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Philosopher David Chalmers: We Can Be Rigorous in Thinking about the Future

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Published on Mar 9, 2012

http://www.singularityweblog.com/davi...

Yesterday I interviewed David Chalmers for Singularity 1 on 1.

David is one of world's best known philosophers of mind and thought leaders on consciousness and I remember being a freshman at the University of Toronto when I first read some of his work. Since then Chalmers has been one of the few philosophers (together with Nick Bostrom) who has written and spoken publicly about the Matrix' simulation argument and the technological singularity.

During our conversation with David we discuss topics such as: how and why Chalmers got interested in philosophy; his search in answering what he considers to be some of the biggest questions -- issues such as the nature of reality, consciousness and artificial intelligence; the fact that academia in general and philosophy in particular doesn't seem to engage technology; our chances of surviving the technological singularity; the importance of Watson, the Turing Test and other benchmarks on the way to the singularity; consciousness, recursive self-improvement and artificial intelligence; the ever-shrinking of domain of solely human expertise; mind uploading and what he calls the hard problem of consciousness; the usefulness of philosophy and ethics; religion, immortality and life-extension; reverse engineering long-dead people such as Ray Kurzweil's father.

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