Philosopher Nigel Warburton argues that the organic programming of the human mind may not be that different from...

Philosopher Nigel Warburton argues that the organic programming of the human mind may not be that different from…

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Philosopher Nigel Warburton argues that the organic programming of the human mind may not be that different from that of robots.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/sep/09/robot-human-artificial-intelligence-philosophy

16 comments

  1. Perhaps the coolest thing about androids is that they force us to confront the Other in it’s most radical form.

    I think that their very presence will trigger an evolution in consciousness in our species, helping us become more ‘human’.

  2. What does the “portrait” of any inanimate object tell us about being human? Our endless capacity for self delusion? We are meaning making beings that can and do, make meaning out of everything, anything and nothing.

  3. Here’s a mind-twisting scenario to think about:

    A neurochip with your personalized VPA (Virtual Personal Agent) installed on it, which is remotely operating a physical substrate such as the android featured in this article (only more advanced, obviously).

  4. Pan Darius Kairos I don’t see a mind twist. A clever simulacrum, no matter how complex or clever its creation is only ever a machine. If it is created to serve a purpose, that is all it will do, no more than a machine tool meant to simulate a human slave. If it is created to mimic having free agency it will become a nearly useless tool.

    The chief mistake is in following the faulty dogma that the human being is a biological machine and by extension the universe is a mechanism. We are not and the universe is not. Since we are not “machines”, a machine is only ever going to be a clever mechanical simulation of a living organism, lacking in all things real,but artifice.

  5. I don’t understand why folks and their comments disappear when their views are challenged, even politely…

  6. I fail to understand why folks and their posts vanish when their views are challenged, even politely. Sad state of conversational skills ,if anyone should ask me. 🙁

  7. Excellent Article. Thanks for Sharing this!

  8. surely different .,,the robot generating and inventing systems are control by human being..,,a.i….no,,,…….

  9. Edmund Daub – and yet, free will did evolve out of something that would be difficult to describe as free will. I am in the midst right now of reading Terrence Deacon’s Incomplete Nature, which focuses on this very question. It is a long book and I am still in the first half of his argument but supposedly he gets into the emergence of phenomena like purpose, meaning, etc. out of the substrate called biology.

    For me personally, the notion that machines would somehow break through the volition barrier has always seemed too much of a stretch. That is why I’m reading this long slog of a book — to challenge myself on this belief.

  10. “Terrence Deacon’s Incomplete Nature, which focuses on this very question. It is a long book and I am still in the first half of his argument but supposedly he gets into the emergence of phenomena like purpose, meaning, etc. out of the substrate called biology.”

    Sounds Fascinating. I’ll have to check it out! Thanks!

  11. Be prepared, Kenny Chaffin: it is a commitment. 550+ pages of fairly dense reading. Taking me forever to read.

    It’s an investment. 😉

  12. Gideon Rosenblatt Yeah. I just posted a youtube interview with him and made a few comments there….bottom line I got from the video, he seems very scattered and really needs to focus and summarize better. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  13. Nice article. Thanks for sharing.

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