We are happy to announce the second talk of the series of webinars at IDSIA dedicated to the foundational, epistemological and ethical aspects of AI.
*Title: Why machines will soon have phenomenal consciousness
*Abstract: Most philosophers and scientists are convinced that there is a "hard problem" of consciousness and an "explanatory gap" preventing us from understanding why experiences feel the way they do and why they have "something it's like”. My claim is that this attitude may derive from the (understandable) desire to preserve the last remnants of human uniqueness before the onslaught of conscious robots. My "sensorimotor" approach to understanding phenomenal consciousness suggests that this is a mistake. If we really think deeply about what we mean by having a phenomenal experience, then there is no reason why machines should not be conscious very soon, i.e. in the next decades.
*Speaker: Prof. Kevin O’Regan, CNRS, Université Paris Descartes.
(personal website http://nivea.psycho.univ-paris5.fr)
*Date: Wednesday 12th May, 5pm, on Zoom.
*Zoom Link: https://supsi.zoom.us/j/62721570561?pwd=N1FyZHhwTDVSSS9Rem4zWGRrY1I1QT09
ID meeting: 627 2157 0561