28 March 2019, 18:00 - 19:00
Dr Sam Coleman says: It has often been argued that AI cannot be genuinely intelligent, ie cannot really think, because a machine cannot be conscious. But I will argue that when it comes to human thought, not only does most of it go on unconsciously, but consciousness is not essentially connected even with thinking that does happen to be conscious. Hence there is no bar to a mechanism that lacks consciousness having the power of thought, and so to genuine artificial intelligence.
The lecture is part of Philosophy of AI – Royal Institute of Philosophy Public Lectures.