- NASA-Baruch Blumberg Chair, Library of Congress and NASA.
- Distinguished Scholar Chair, Library of Congress (2019).
- Director, AI, Mind and Society ("AIMS") Group, The University of Connecticut.
- Associate Professor, Philosophy and Cognitive Science, University of Connecticut.
- Email: Susansdr@gmail.com
Schneider writes about the nature of the self and mind, especially from the vantage point of issues in philosophy, AI, cognitive science and astrobiology. Within philosophy, she has explored the computational nature of the brain in her academic book, The Language of Thought: a New Direction. More recently, she defended an anti-materialist position about the fundamental nature of mind. In her new book, Artificial You: AI and the Future of the Mind, she brings these topics together in an accessible way, discussing the philosophical implications of AI, and, in particular, the enterprise of "mind design." Her work in philosophy of AI has now taken her to Washington where she meets with members of the US Congress and gives presentations on AI at on topics such as data privacy, algorithmic bias, technological unemployment, autonomous weapons, and more. Schneider appears frequently on television shows on stations such as PBS and The History Channel (see below for clips) as well as keynoting AI ethics conferences at places such as Harvard and Cambridge. She also writes opinion pieces for the New York Times, Scientific American and The Financial Times. Her work has been widely discussed in the media, (see "media" above), at venues like The New York Times, Science, Big Think, Nautilus, Discover and Smithsonian. She is currently working on a new book on the shape of intelligent systems (with W.W. Norton as the N. American publisher, and OUP as UK publisher.)
Artificial You: AI and the Future of Your Mind (Reviews, TV, Talks, Videos)
New TV and op-eds:
- Forbes Magazine: top "enlightening" short book of 2019.
- Prose Awards announces that Artificial You is a finalist in the philosophy category.
- BBC World News segment on Artificial You (click to view).
- "Schneider is a sure-footed and witty guide to slippery ethical terrain...It pries clarity from the essential opacity of its central concepts, most important consciousness itself." The Washington Post
- "A demanding dialogue between philosophy and science."Nature.
- Talk on Artificial You to members of US Congress (Nov.).
- Google Talk video on Artificial You.
- Harvard keynote video on Artificial You. Podcast interview on the book.
- Recent op-eds in the Financial Times and The New York Times and her July FXQi talk, "Designing the Mind."
- Upcoming talks: Commonwealth Club of SF, Mechanics Institute (SF) (with Stuart Russell), Hay Literary Festival, Princeton's Morvan Book Fair, The Royal Institute (London), Library of Congress.
- Link to Amazon's site
New TV and op-eds:
- Clip of Schneider on Neil deGrasse Tyson's TV show, Star Talk, (the National Geographic Channel). Episode 10.
- Schneider in the new film: Supersapiens. (Trailer.)
- New York Times op-ed: "Should you Add a Microchip to Your Brain?" (June 10, 2019)
- TV show on Schneider's work on The Fox Channel. (Clip of "One Smart Person with Greg Gutfeld.)
- The 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).
- 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).