Robotic Self-Awareness Is Here. Is Skynet Next?

Dr. Selmer Bringsjord, a researcher at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has programmed Nao robots, simple programmable robots available to the general public, to pass a very simple “self-awareness” test. This is a major landmark in the ongoing quest to discover whether consciousness can reside in mechanical bodies: critical question that philosophers have pondered for centuries, and … Continued

Cyborgification Part 2: Why Uploading Consciousness Makes Sense

This article is the second in a series about using technology to overcome the most primal challenges to humanity: disease, aging and death. When I taught Introduction to Cognitive Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, I put the following thought experiment to my students: Imagine that we could study a single neuron in … Continued

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