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Published on Mar 2, 2015
Artificial Intelligence, the possibility of merging consciousness with computers, and singularity are discussed in this mind expanding conversation with Dr. Susan Schneider. Are we prepared to face the implications of the success of our own technological innovations? Is the universe teeming with postbiological super Artificial Intelligence? Can silicon based entities bond with carbon based lifeforms? Explore the philosophical questions of superintelligence on the Antidote, hosted by Michael Parker.
GUEST BIO: Dr. Susan Schneider is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut and an affiliated faculty member at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN) and the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science (IRCS). She is also a fellow with the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET). Her current research investigates the scope and limits of cognitive science, particularly the plausibility of computational theories of mind. In addition, she is also working on the traditional positions on the mind-body problem, reframing conceptions of property dualism and physicalism. Dr. Schneider received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Rutgers University in 2003, prior to which she was a pre-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has authored numerous articles and book chapters, and is the co-editor with Max Velmans of The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007). She is also the editor of the book Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence which will be available in June, 2009.
EPISODE BREAKDOWN: 00:01 Welcoming Dr. Susan Schneider to the Antidote. 00:55 Is there benevolent Artificial Intelligence on the horizon? 03:10 Advocates of AI, like Kurzweil, and concerns 05:42 The fallacy of “Keeping AI in the box.” 08:08 Uploading your mind and consciousness. 11:58 Does AI have rights? 13:55 The end of civilization as we know it? 18:58 The possibility of extraterrestrial superintelligence. 22:45 Silicon-based conductors of consciousness. 24:50 The question of identity and metaphysics for AI. 27:52 From smart phones to Singularity? 31:57 Measuring consciousness and conducting it through silicon. 1:57 Thanks and goodbye.