Can Machines Be Conscious, and Would It Matter If They Were?

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The question “Will AI artefacts ever be conscious?” was raised by Turing seventy years ago, and will not go away even though no one quite knows what it means, nor how we would know they were conscious if they were. 

This lecture explores what its role might be, and the ways in which AI scientists have explored and tried to simulate the possibility of consciousness in machines, while asking whether it would add anything useful if they had it.

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Yorick Wilks

Professor Yorick Wilks

Visiting Professor of Artificial Intelligence

Yorick Wilks is Visiting Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Gresham College.

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