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Artificial Intelligence: Conscience and Consciousness

More Enigma Than Dogma

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Fear of Artificial Intelligence is being expressed by those no less impressive than Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates.  But popular culture has been sounding the warning for some time now.

2001: A Space Odyssey – was a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. By the end of the voyage, HAL the sentient computer who is supposed to monitor and assist humans, kills them all to ensure the success of the assigned mission after his (sic) own life is threatened.

1436816431_2The ongoing (never-ending?) Terminator series explores in blunt Hollywood fashion an age when machines simply “dismiss human beings as alien and disposable squatters on the earth” (as Al Gore would suggest in Earth in the Balance).

The Matrix series imagines a different fate for humans: we become a fuel source for the voracious appetites of machines that have taken over. It is sentience on steroids, since…

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