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This book explores the philosophical implications of the developing technological advances in artificial intelligence that are likely to change our conceptions of the mind, self, and consciousness.

Schneider, Susan

Artificial You

AI and the Future of Your Mind

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS

    40,95 € / $47.00 / £37.00*

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    Publication Date:
    2019
    Copyright year:
    2019
    To be published:
    October 2019
    ISBN
    978-0-691-19777-7
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    Aims and Scope

    A sober-minded philosophical exploration of what AI can and cannot achieve

    Humans may not be Earth’s most intelligent species for much longer: the world chess, Go, and Jeopardy! champions are now all AIs. Given the rapid pace of progress in AI, many predict that AI 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 the mind?

    In Artificial You, Susan Schneider urges that it is inevitable that AI will take intelligence in new directions, but it is up to us to carve out a sensible path forward. As AI technology turns inward, reshaping the brain, as well as outward, potentially creating machine minds, it is crucial to beware. Homo sapiens, as mind designers, will be playing with "tools" they do not understand how to use: the self, the mind, and consciousness. Schneider argues that an insufficient grasp of the nature of self, consciousness, and mind could undermine the use of AI and brain enhancement technology, bringing about the demise or suffering of conscious beings. To flourish, we must grasp the philosophical issues lying beneath the algorithms.

    At the heart of her exploration is a sober-minded discussion of what AI can truly achieve: 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, Schneider 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.

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    200 pages
    11 b/w illus.
    PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Language:
    English
    Readership:
    General/trade;Professional and scholarly;College/higher education;

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    Susan Schneider is the Distinguished Scholar at the Library of Congress and the director of the AI, Mind and Society Group at the University of Connecticut. Her work has been featured by the New York Times, Scientific American, Smithsonian, Fox TV, History Channel, and more. Her two-year NASA project explored superintelligent AI. Previously, she was at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton devising tests for AI consciousness. Her books include The Language of Thought, The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness, and Science Fiction and Philosophy.

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