Part of the University of Georgia’s Signature Lecture series, the Department of Philosophy and the Institute of Artificial Intelligence co-sponsor Susan Schneider speaking on "AI, Your Brain, and the 'Thought Data Economy.'" Schneider is the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology and William F. Dietrich Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University. She writes about the fundamental nature of the self and mind, especially from the vantage point of issues in philosophy of mind, AI, astrobiology, metaphysics and cognitive science. Schneider is the Distinguished Scholar at the Library of Congress, a faculty member in YHouse, and is a visiting member of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton. The topics she has written about most recently include the mind-body problem, superintelligent AI, the nature of life, the mathematical nature of physics, whether the mind is a program, and the nature of the person.
Abstract for "AI, Your Brain, and the 'Thought Data Economy'"
In this talk, I discuss the philosophical implications of current projects that aim to detect and digitize your very thoughts. I discuss Control Lab's wristband, which detects certain motor commands initiated by the brain. (This company was Facebook's biggest acquisition since Oculus, and the device will be ready for Beta testing in winter, 2021). I also discuss the development of brain chips to augment intelligence (e.g., Neuralink) and link humans wirelessly to their digital devices. Attendees may wish to view the following webpage of a company that Facebook acquired: http://www.controllabs.com