Program Details

"Artificial You: AI and The Future of Your Mind "

Susan Schneider
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Humans may not be Earth’s most intelligent beings for much longer: the world champions of chess, Go, and Jeopardy! are now all Artificial Intelligence (AI). Given the rapid pace of progress in AI, many predict that it could advance to human-level intelligence within the next several decades. From there, it could quickly outpace human intelligence. What do these developments mean for the future of humanity? Schneider, a philosopher, urges that we must ask what AI can truly achieve rather than simply writing "what AI can truly achieve". It is inevitable that AI will take intelligence in new directions, but it is up to us to carve out a sensible path forward. To flourish, we must grasp the philosophical issues lying beneath the algorithms. Can robots really be conscious? Can we merge with AI, as tech leaders like Elon Musk and Ray Kurzweil suggest? Is the mind just a program? Examining these thorny issues proposes ways we can test for machine consciousness, questions whether consciousness is an unavoidable byproduct of sophisticated intelligence, and considers the overall dangers of creating machine minds.

About the Instructor

  • Susan Schneider, Ph.D., William F. Dietrich Chair in philosophy in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, in collaboration with FAU’s Brain Institute, writes about the fundamental nature of the self and mind, especially from the vantage point of issues in philosophy of mind, artificial intelligence (AI), astrobiology, metaphysics, and cognitive science. Schneider is also a distinguished scholar at the Library of Congress and NASA. The topics she has written about most recently include the mind-body problem, super intelligent AI, the nature of life, the mathematical nature of physics, and whether the mind is a program.