Distinguished Scholar Chair, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Director, AI, Mind and Society ("AIMS") Group, The University of Connecticut
Associate Professor, The University of Connecticut (Philosophy, Cognitive Science)
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Ethics and Technology Group,Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
Professor Susan Schneider writes about the fundamental nature of the self and mind, especially from the vantage point of issues in philosophy, artificial intelligence, and astrobiology. The topics she has written about most recently include radical brain enhancement, spacetime emergence, superintelligence, the nature of life, whether minds are in some sense programs, panpsychism and the nature of the self. She has been featured in The New York Times,Science, Nautilus, Smithsonian, Discover, PBS, National Geographic TV, The History Channel and more.
RECENT TV AND FILM APPEARANCES, PUBLICATIONS AND KEYNOTES:
- TV episode featuring Schneider airs on Fox: "One Smart Person with Greg Gutfeld" (see below to watch).
- Featured on Neil DeGrasse Tyson's TV show, Star Talk, on National Geographic. With Teddy from Westworld.
- Featured onThe History Channel (2 hour AI and astrobiology special, available at this link).
- Interview at Edge.org: "The Future of the Mind."
- Schneider's project with NASA is the subject of an episode on PBS TV (click here).
- Schneider in the new film: Supersapiens (click here for the trailer).
- Schneider's trade book, Future Minds, is now in press (blurb here).
- New Scientific American piece on emergent spacetime and the hard problem of consciousness.
- Ernest Mach Workshop in Prague to feature Schneider's forthcoming book.
- Schneider's test for AI consciousness (with Ed Turner) is discussed in the April 2018 cover story of Smithsonian Magazine.
- Upcoming or recent keynotes: Harvard's Kennedy school AI conference (December), "24 Hours" (meeting ofCEOs from some of the largest companies in Europe), "Varieties of Minds" (Cambridge Univ., Leverhulme Center),Duke's SSNAP neuroscience capstone conference, German Academy of Sciences (AI policy), AI/philosophy workshop (Univ. of Toronto).
- Videos/write ups under "media" about Schneider's appearances at the World Science Festival and South by Southwest.
- Schneider's AI work is being patented and developed (with exoplanet wiz, and YHouse colleague, Edwin Turner, as coinventor) and Princeton University. Click here for their new article at Scientific American and here for a piece on Bladerunner and our AI consciousness test in Smithsonian Magazine.
- New articles on her work at Inverse.com , Der Standard (Austria), Futurism.com, Respekt (Czech Republic), Popular Science, and the Future of Life Institute.
- TED talk "Can a Machine Feel?"
- Schneider's new article on her NASA project in Nautilus on AI.
NEW ACADEMIC PAPERS, ETC.:
- Special issue on Schneider's work in the Journal of Consciousness Studies. Topic: On the Mathematical Nature of Physics. (See "papers" for her target paper.)
- Panpsychism vs. idealism. See "Idealism, or Something Near Enough."
- New paper on superintelligence and AI safety.
- Anthology coming out based on a recent conference on her work (with Springer), Minds, Selves and 21st Century Technology.
- Short piece on AI consciousness for the Routledge Handbook in Neuroethics.
- New metaphysics piece: "What Breathes Fire into the Equations?"
- Link to talk on AI consciousness given at the Rubin Museum in NY.
- Working on projects atThe Institute of Advanced Study (in Princeton) and YHouse, a cool new think tank in NY devoted to consciousness. Here are links to the projects: writing tests for machine consciousness; sending minds to the stars (sentient interstellar probes).
- Conference on Schneider's work: Minds, Selves and Technology, with Susan Schneider.
- Schneider on what philosophers of mind should worry about (with Pete Mandik): How Philosophy of Mind can Shape the Future” (ends a 6 vol. history of philosophy of mind).*
- Talk to NASA on alien minds. Discussions of this paper are in Science, Motherboard, CBS, Slate (France), The Daily Mail (UK), El Mundo (Spain) Popular Mechanics, IO9, etc. (see “media”).
- A new talk show episode on Schneider's work (available here and on CuriosityStream).
- Interview with Robert Wright (below).