Ned Block

Why AI Approaches to Cognition Won't Work for Consciousness

Ned Block

Talk: Why AI Approaches to Cognition Won't Work for Consciousness

In this talk, Ned Block discusses the so-called "hard problem" of consciousness, and encourages the audience to participate in recreations of a series of fun studies that investigate the nature of consciousness without requiring the subjects to report anything. He uses these results to illustrate his theory that it's possible for a subject to have conscious experiences that the subject isn't paying attention to. Finally, he concludes by explaining why the advancements of Artificial Intelligence, applied to understanding human cognition, are unlikely to solve the hard problem of consciousness.

Ned Block

Ned Block is Silver Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at New York University and was Chair of the Philosophy Program at MIT from 1990 to 1995. He is a co-editor of The Nature of Consciousness: Philosophical Debates.

Consciousness, Function, and Representation, Volume 1

Consciousness, Function, and Representation, bringing together papers that have appeared primarily in journals and conference proceedings, can be regarded as Block's most complete statement of his positions on consciousness.

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