Director, AI, Mind and Society ("AIMS") Group, The University of Connecticut
Distinguished Scholar, U.S. Library of Congress
Associate Professor, The University of Connecticut (Philosophy, Cognitive Science)
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Ethics and Technology Group,Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
I write about the fundamental nature of the self and mind, especially from the vantage point of issues in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, cognitive science, applied ethics, astrobiology and AI. The topics I’ve written about most recently include the mind-body problem, spacetime emergence, superintelligent AI, the nature of life, the mathematical nature of physics, whether the mind is a program, and the nature of the person. Discussions of my work have appeared in The New York Times, Wired, Science, Big Think, Nautilus, Smithsonian, Discover, PBS, and more (for some of this, see “media”, above). See "papers" in the menu for downloads (also available at Academia.edu).
NEWS, UPCOMING TV APPEARANCES AND TALKS :
- This month: Neil DeGrasse Tyson's TV show, Star Watch, on National Geographic. "One Smart Person and Greg Gutfeld" (Fox TV). Friday Aug. 31, 8-10PM EST: The History Channel (2 hour AI special/Ancient Aliens Season Finale, available at this link). HBO-Vice News-on my tests for AI consciousness. PBS: my Ideafest talk on "alien minds" is televised on PBS (click here).
- Film:Supersapiens (click here for the trailer).
- My trade book, Future Minds, is now in press (blurb here).
- New Scientific American piece on emergent spacetime and the hard problem of consciousness.
- My 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" of the World Science Festival and South by Southwest.
- My AI work is being patented and developed (with exoplanet wiz, and YHouse colleague, Edwin Turner, as coinventor) and Princeton University. Click here for our new article at Scientific American and here for a piece on Bladerunner and our AI consciousness test in Smithsonian Magazine.
- New articles on my work at Inverse.com , Der Standard (Austria), Futurism.com, Respekt (Czech Republic), Popular Science, and the Future of Life Institute.
- My TED talk "Can a Machine Feel?" (And here's a fun blog discussion of it at the Splintered Mind).
- My new article on my NASA project in Nautilus on AI.
NEW ACADEMIC PAPERS, ETC.:
- Special issue on my work in the Journal of Consciousness Studies. Topic: On the Mathematical Nature of Physics. (See "papers" for my target paper.)
- Panpsychism vs. idealism. See my "Idealism, or Something Near Enough."
- New paper on superintelligence and AI safety.
- Anthology coming out based on a recent conference on my work (with Springer), Minds, Selves and 21st Century Technology.
- Here's a short piece on AI consciousness for the Routledge Handbook in Neuroethics.
- Stay tuned for my new trade/academic book: The Future of the Mind (with Princeton Univ. Press' cool trade division).
- See my new: "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 cool projects we are doing: writing tests for machine consciousness; sending minds to the stars (sentient interstellar probes).
- Conference on my work: Minds, Selves and Technology, with Susan Schneider.
- Here’s my two cents 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).*
- Here’s a video of a talk I gave to NASA on alien minds, which has led to my NASA supported project on AI in space. 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 my work (available here and on CuriosityStream).
- See below for my interview with Robert Wright (Meaning of Life TV, BlogginheadsTV).