AI and Human Uniqueness: Are we just Sophisticated Computing Machines? – Wonder 2021
AI has made a lot of progress in recent years, but could it ever achieve intelligence equivalent to humans or become conscious? Could AI undermine human uniqueness by suggesting that we are nothing more than sophisticated computing machines? We are joined by Dr David Glass as he addresses the claim that AI is insufficient for consciousness, and the related but distinct claim that there is a non-physical dimension of the mind. He will also explore how the Christian view that humans are made in the image of God relates to these issues.
David Glass has a BSc (Mathematics), MA (Philosophy) and PhD (Theoretical Physics) from Queen’s University Belfast where he also worked as a post-doctoral research associate before joining Ulster University in 2000. He is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Mathematics and is a member of the Computer Science Research Institute. David also has an interest in the relationship between science and religious belief and has undertaken research in this area by applying his work on Bayesian and explanatory reasoning to topics such as ‘explaining away’ and design arguments.