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A guide to AI's thorniest implications that asks: How shall we navigate our brave new world?We are at a monumental turning point in human history. AI is taking intelligence in new directions. The strongest human competitors in chess, go, and Jeopardy have been beaten by AIs, and AI is getting more sophisticated by the day. Further, AI research is going inside the human brain itself, attempting to augment human minds. It may even create greater-than-human-level intelligence, leading to a new generation of artificial minds--Minds 2.0. Susan Schneider, a philosopher, argues that these undertakings must not be attempted without a richer understanding of the nature of the mind. An insufficient grasp of the underlying philosophical issues could undermine the use of AI and brain enhancement technology, bringing about the demise or suffering of conscious beings. Examining the philosophical questions lying beneath the algorithms, Schneider takes on AI's thorniest implications.
About the Author
Susan Schneider is the NASA/Baruch Blumberg Chair of Astrobiology and Technological Innovation at the Library of Congress and NASA, and the Dietrich Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Neuroscience at Florida Atlantic University. Twitter @DrSueSchneider