AI & Consciousness

If AI "aims" to do anything, as the writer of this article from Scientific American suggests, therefore displaying self-arising intentions beyond its programming, is it not displaying some form of sentience or consciousness? The death of the mind of the fictional HAL 9000 AI computer in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey provides another illustrative example. The …

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Sentience and Sensibility

Thank you Barbara, for the invitation to guest blog on the topic of AI and consciousness on her site Me, My Magnificent Self, I am grateful. For anyone reading here, please visit Barbara's website too. She included some very nice thoughts about my blog, and you will also find some other posts on the AI …

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Animalizing

During moments before thought translates into language, I recognize perhaps a truer, more immediate sense of my animal nature. In my relationships to other animals, I find these nonverbal states not only more readily happen, but are necessary for any exchange to take place. We may talk to animals, but in silent presence, where a …

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Blame it on Kindle

Wow, January is three-quarters over and I have not posted since Christmas! I'll blame it on receiving a new Kindle for Christmas. I have read six or seven books since December 20 - so much for cutting down on my book bill! The best part of Kindle is being able to buy books that the …

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