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What Happens When The Bots Get Smarter? Philosophical and Social Challenges for the Future of Artificial Intelligence

Wed, September 27, 2023
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Susan Schneider

In this talk, Susan Schneider will discuss the implications of the continuing trend toward increasing machine intelligence. Focusing on the future versions of the now-familiar case of chatbots like GPT, she will consider surprising scenarios that illustrate the possibility that humans may not be the most intelligent entities on the planet for that much longer. She will also delve into related philosophical issues having a bearing on society and national security.

Dr. Susan Schneider is the William F. Dietrich Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University. She writes about the nature of the self and mind, especially from the vantage point of philosophy, AI, cognitive science, and astrobiology.  Within philosophy, she has explored the computational nature of the brain in her academic book, The Language of Thought: A New Direction.  More recently, she defened an anti-materialist position about the fundamental nature of mind.  In her new book, Artificial You: AI and the Future of the Mind, she brings these topics together in an accessible way, discussing the philosophical implications of AI and, in particular, the enterprise of "mind design."

Dr. Schneider has met with members of Congress to give presentations of AI and on topics such as data privacy, algorithmic bias, technological unemployment, autonomous weapons, and more. She recently completed a three year project with NASA on the future of intelligence. She appears frequently on television shows on PBS and The History Channel and has written for The New York Times, Scientific American, and the Financial Times, among other venues. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Rutgers University.

Dr. Schneider's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at CMC.

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