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2023 John T. Willis Plenary

When: June 7, 2023, 2:45 pm - Wednesday

Where: The Grand Hall in the Learning Center


Plenary Abstract

The capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) continue to accelerate, seemingly at an alarming rate, in both efficiency and ability to mimic qualities and behaviors that were previously considered to be uniquely human. How do we navigate such developments? What do they mean for the future of humanity practically, ethically and ideologically? Is there anything unique about being human or are we merely neurochemical machines that one day will also exist in silicon form? This lecture will examine questions of human identity in the light of AI, philosophy and modern neuroscience.


Sharon Dirckx, , "Souls, Minds and Brains: What Does it Mean to Be Human in an Age of AI?"

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