Natural and Artificial Intelligence

Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence

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No Foundational Evidence for Creating an AI God

Some in the artificial intelligence tech industry believe they are "creating God," according to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a recent interview. And he is right. Many pursuing AI advances are trying to create God or believe humans can achieve a godlike status through technology. Read More ›
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Energy Realities at the Nexus of Techno-Optimism

Every annual gathering of the technology glitterati at George Gilder’s COSM summit gives us a glimpse of a future that’s exciting for many, even if scary for some. It’s an optimistic vision of the future quite different from what is so often proposed by many myopic forecasters. The one thing though, that won’t be different in the future, regardless of the technology vision, is the central animating role of energy. Read More ›
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Human vs artificial intelligence concept.
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AI Inbreeding Produces Artificial Idiocy

Can today's artificial intelligence systems be used to train superior artificial intelligence systems of tomorrow? Can AI write better AI that writes better AI leading to a potentially god-like general artificial intelligence? Read More ›
The Substance of Consciousness

The Substance of Consciousness

A singularly powerful and rigorous argument in favor of modern substance dualism. In The Substance of Consciousness: A Comprehensive Defense of Contemporary Substance Dualism, two distinguished philosophers deliver a unique and powerful defense of contemporary substance dualism, which makes the claim that the human person is an embodied fundamental, immaterial, and unifying substance. Multidisciplinary in scope, the book explores areas Read More ›

Distrust

Distrust

There is no doubt science is currently suffering from a credibility crisis. This thought-provoking book argues that, ironically, science’s credibility is being undermined by tools created by scientists themselves. Scientific disinformation and damaging conspiracy theories are rife because of the internet that science created, the scientific demand for empirical evidence and statistical significance leads to data torturing and confirmation bias, Read More ›

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COSM 2023

Is AI “generative” or degenerative? Does it usurp humans, or save us from new perils? This year’s COSM Technology Summit, to be held November 1-3 in Bellevue, Washington at the Bellevue Hyatt, will transcend these limited visions.COSM is an exclusive national summit on the converging technologies remaking the world as we know it. Read More ›
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Minding the Brain

Is your mind the same thing as your brain, or are there aspects of mind beyond the brain’s biology? This is the mind-body problem, and it has captivated curious minds since the dawn of human contemplation. Today many insist that the mind is completely reducible to the brain. But is that claim justified? In this stimulating anthology, twenty-five philosophers and Read More ›

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The New Nanocosm

A panel representing companies on the leading edge of technology applications discusses emerging technologies holding great promise for human prosperity — from the conversion of waste to clean energy; to the production of graphene for a multitude of uses including building materials, lubricants, composites and coatings, sensors, and energy harvesting and storage; to revolutionary nanorobotic machines that can target and Read More ›

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Is the Future Really on the Chain?

Sam Yilmaz, COO of Bloccelerate, moderates a panel featuring Wyatt Robinson, Gregory Meredith, William Dembski, and John DeVadoss, which explores the utility of blockchain technology in diverse applications — from cryptocurrency to legal contracts, non-fungible tokens, and communications.