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2013 6/Oct

Dr. Thomas Ray is  Harvard-educated doctor of Biology, and also the original researcher in the Tierra Artificial Life project. Tierra ended up receiving major media coverage all over the world as one of the most promising forays in generating “evolution” in a digital system. Today, Dr. Ray’s research is honed in on the study of the human mind – and our conversation centered around his thoughts about human enhancement and machine consciousness.

Machines May Never Live

For Dr. Ray, the affective portion of the brain and the cognitive portion the brain (he uses the two separately in order to draw a distinction) work in unison to create the amalgam that we call consciousness. He believes that animals with only a primitive brain (lacking the capacity for language, logic, and reason) are capable of a a certain, limited extent of consciousness, while humans are capable of a higher and richer variety.

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2013 10/Sep

The artificial intelligence (AI) field is full of forward thinkers; in the midst of moving ahead, some are particularly grounded in addressing the very real philosophical issues that continue to persist in the world of AI.  Dr. Karl F. MacDorman, Roboticist and Researcher at Indiana University, is a “healthy skeptic”, specifically when it comes to […]

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2013 21/Aug

“It’s alive!” The famous words of Dr. Frankenstein still ring in our ears as we imagine an inhuman, giant green man sit up strait, arms stretched forward. Though the scene incites fear of the dangerous and dark power of the monster. More than, anything, I think that the scene should incite a sense of responsibility. […]

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