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April 20, 27, May 11, 18, 25, 2018
Shriram 262, 473 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA

Metaphysics and Robots

A five-part seminar led by Dr. Molly Oshatz regarding the metaphysical possibilities of strong artificial intelligence.

Time & Location

April 20, 27, May 11, 18, 25, 2018
Shriram 262, 473 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA
473 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Description

Artificial intelligence is becoming more intelligent by the day. Will robotic intelligence someday match or surpass human intelligence? What is the line between robot and human, and what does artificial intelligence mean for humanity?

 

University students analyzed some of the most pressing scientific and technological questions of our day. Drawing from Aristotle, Descartes, and current debates in the philosophy of mind, we explored what it means to be human, the nature of intelligence and consciousness, the concept of God, and the metaphysical possibilities of strong artificial intelligence.

Topics discussed include:

  • Are We in the Matrix? The Problem of Perception

  • Is the Mind the Brain? Materialism and Dualism

  • Could There Be Zombies? Qualia and Consciousness

  • Could Robots Think Like Us? Thought and Intentionality

  • It's Alive! (Or is it?) Personal Identity, Formal and Final Causes, Hylomorphism

Instructor

Molly Oshatz, Ph.D. is the First Principles Program Director and Senior Fellow at the Zephyr Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in Intellectual History from UC Berkeley and has served as an assistant professor at Florida State University and San Francisco State University.

 

Event Details

April 20, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

April 27, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

May 11, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

May 18, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

May 25, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Speaker

 MOLLY OSHATZ

MOLLY OSHATZ

First Principles Program Director & Senior Fellow

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