Philosopher Susan Schneider will give a talk at the 2015 edition of the Terasem Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons, themed “Moral and Legal Imperatives for Sentient AI.” The Colloquium will take place in Second Life – Terasem sim – on Thursday, December 10 (time and access coordinates below).
The 2015 Colloquium will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2015, 10AM – 1PM PST / 1PM – 4PM EST / 6PM – 9PM GMT. [SLURL – click here to teleport to Terasem].
Schneider is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy and Cognitive Science Program, University of Connecticut. She is also a Fellow, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, and associated with the Yale Interdisciplinary Institute For Bioethics. Schneider is the author of “The Language of Thought – A New Philosophical Direction,” and the editor of “The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness” and “Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence.”
“Can sophisticated AGI (such as uploads and superintelligences) be conscious?,” is the main question that Schneider will address in her talk. “Can they be persons? Could someone really upload and survive the death of their brain, or would they just create a copy that is a distinct conscious being? I mull over the latest philosophical issues as well as introducing the ‘hard problem of machine consciousness’ and a ‘detectibility problem’ for determining whether superintelligence is conscious. I explain how these issues have legal significance.”
In the introduction to “Science Fiction and Philosophy” Schneider argues that, as neuroscience discovers the algorithms in the brain underlying computation, scientists are increasingly realizing that brains are computational entities, and future persons could have hybrid minds, part natural and part artificial. “And perhaps scientists will reverse-engineer the human brain, creating AI creatures that run the same algorithms as human brains do,” she says. “Other AI creatures could have minds that are entirely different, borrowing from sensory modalities that other animals have (e.g. echolocation), featuring radically enhanced working memory capacity, and so on. Existing human brains could be enhanced in these novel ways as well. In sum, a plurality of distinct sorts of artificial minds could be ‘sculpted’.”