Author: Mark Sackler

Can We Create Consciousness In A Machine?

For anyone who has watched the HBO series Westworld, the questions about creating machine consciousness run much deeper than “can we.” These include, should we? How will we treat it? How will it feel about its station as artificial life? Will we be able to control it, and is that ethical? And most profoundly, how will that change what it means to be human? The questions go beyond ethical to existential, and they were all addressed in the SXSW Intelligent Future track in a panel titled Can We Create Consciousness In A Machine? Not surprisingly, there were two techno-philosophers...

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SXSW 2018–Saturday Morning, March 10

SXSW 2018–Saturday Morning, March 10 March 10, 2018 “The promise of autonomous vehicles is great.”–Dan Lipinski “My opinion is that it’s a bridge too far to go to fully autonomous vehicles.”–Elon Musk Wait–what?  The man who thinks he can send humans on a one way trip to colonize Mars within 10 years, thinks fully autonomous vehicles are out of our reach?  The  Elon Musk quote above is from 2013.  I would be surprised if he still feels that way–but who knows? Segue to this morning, at the Intelligent Future interactive track at SXSW 2018 in Austin, TX.  Nobody on the...

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Ending Aging

Ending Aging An Interview With Aubrey de Grey by Mark Sackler Looking at Aubrey de Grey for the first time, his long bushy brown whiskers and sage countenance might remind you of Methuselah. How appropriate. That look is probably intentional. Though he originally trained in artificial intelligence, he has emerged as one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of human biological rejuvenation. In fact, he founded the Methuselah Foundation in 2004 to endow human aging and rejuvenation research. He followed that up by authoring Ending Aging, The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Aging in Our Lifetime in...

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Life 3.0: Being Human in The Age of Artificial Intelligence

Life 3.0: Being Human in The Age of Artificial Intelligence Max Tegmark ©2017, Borzoi Book published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 364p. Review by Mark Sackler Max Tegmark is not one to shy away from bold scientific pronouncements. The MIT cosmologist and physics professor is perhaps best known for his taxonomy of a four-level multiverse—some levels of which are predicted by certain theories, but none of which have been proven to exist. In his previous book, Our Mathematical Universe, My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality, he offers the astounding conjecture that the whole of reality may...

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IEEE & Ethical Considerations In AI & Autonomous Systems

This week in Seeking Delphi, Mark Sackler interviews  John C. Havens about his role as the executive director of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations In Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. You can find the show notes and links on the Seeking Delphi website. Links: John C. Havens biography IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Dubai appoints state minister for A.I. India appoints experts to advise government on A.I. Tesla announces addition of new autopilot features in the near future Eric Schmidt warns U.S. on China’s impending lead in A.I....

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