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Why Would an AI System Need Phenomenal Consciousness?
In my last post on Jesse Prinz, we learned about the
distinction between immediate, phenomenal awareness in consciousness in
contrast to our more deliberative consciousness that operates with the contents
of short term and longer term memory.  From
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Evil Demonology and Artificial Intelligence
Eliminativists eliminate. 
In history, the concepts and theories that we build about the world form
a scaffold for our inquiries.  As the
investigation into some phenomena proceeds, we often find that the terms, the
concepts, the equations, or even whole th...
Eliminativists eliminate. In history, the concepts and theories that we build about the world form a scaffold for our inquiries. As the investigation into some phenomena proceeds, we often find that the terms, the concepts, the equations, or even whole theories have gotten far enough out of ...
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Building Self-Aware Machines
The public mood toward the prospect of artificial
intelligence is dark.  Increasingly,
people fear the results of creating an intelligence whose abilities will far
exceed our own, and who pursues goals that are not compatible with our
own.  See Nick Bostrom...
The public mood toward the prospect of artificial intelligence is dark. Increasingly, people fear the results of creating an intelligence whose abilities will far exceed our own, and who pursues goals that are not compatible with our own. See Nick Bostrom's Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, ...
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Artificial Intelligence and Conscious Attention--Jesse Prinz's AIR theory of Consciousness
Jesse Prinz has argued for that consciousness is best
understood as mid-level attention. Is Attention Necessary and Sufficient for Consciousness? The Conscious Brain: How Attention Engenders Experience Consciousness, Prinz argues, is best understood as mid...
What's really interesting here is that this neuron became active with quite varied photos and line drawings of Halle Berry, from different angles, in different lighting, in a Cat Woman costume, and even, remarkably, in response to the text “Halle Berry.” That is, this neuron plays a role in the ...
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Turing and Machine Minds
In 1950, mathematician Alan M. Turing proposed a test for
machine consciousness.  If a human
interrogator could not distinguish between the responses of a real human being
and a machine built to hold conversations, then we would have no reason, other
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The F Word
The F Word. I'm speaking to a secular humanists group tonight in Manteca at the Manteca Public Library at 7:00.  I'll be talking about the problems with believing by faith. My presentation is here.
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I love to exchange thoughts with you on God existing or not, but I don't see how we can meet; please contact me, mdejess(@)gmail.com.

Host a public free all welcome forum for people to exchange thoughts with you, otherwise you are talking to yourself -- no way to learn other ideas at all.

Best you challenge Craig to a public debate.
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"When will it be 50% likely that you are done?" seems like a super weird question to ask someone. Shouldn't that be something like "With 50% probability (now), when do you feel you will be done?" (interchanging probability and time operators).
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Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester.  Teaching at CSUS since 1996.  My main area of research and publication now is atheism and philosophy of religion.  I am also interested in philosophy of mind, epistemology, and rational decision theory/critical thinking.  
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My book: Atheism and the Case Against Christ will be out on July 24.
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Joplin, MO - Rochester, NY - San Francisco, CA - Sacramento, CA - Davis, CA
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