Robert J. Marks II on Artificial Intelligence, Transhumanism, and Whether Computers Will Ever Be More Than ‘Human’

Wesley J. Smith
Robert J. Marks
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In this episode of Humanize, Wesley focuses on the emerging computer technology known as artificial intelligence. Are we on the verge of the era of machines? Is AI destined to supplant most human endeavors and activities? Can a computer be deemed a “person” and should it be granted rights as part of the moral community. Will we ever attain immortality by uploading our minds into computers as transhumanists predict? And what the heck is AI anyway?

Wesley’s guest, Dr. Robert J Marks II has the answers. An Electrical Engineer, Marks is the Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the Dept. of Engineering and Computer Science at Baylor University. He has worked in the field of artificial intelligence for more than three decades. His research supporters include NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the National Institutes of Health, the Army Research Lab, and the Office of Naval Research. He has consulted for Microsoft, and Boeing, and has authored several books and hundreds of peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. He is a fellow of the Optical Society and a Life Fellow of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. He is also the Director of the Discovery Institute’s Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence. His most recent book isNon-Computable You: What You Can Do that Artificial Intelligence Never Will.