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Susan Lynn Schneider
University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT 06269-9000)

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Research Programs

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$55,000 (approved)
$55,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 7/31/2020

Future Minds: Artificial Intelligence, Brain Enhancement, and the Nature of the Self

Research leading to publication of a monograph on ethical and social implications of artificial intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) leaders, such as Elon Musk and Ray Kurzweil, aim to merge humans and machines, and to engineer AI that outthinks humans. Billions of dollars are being poured into these efforts. Of course, we shouldn't let businesses like Google, Neuralink and Facebook decide the future of humanity. This project raises public awareness about the social implications of these emerging technologies. In this book, I explore AI technology in light of issues in philosophy of mind and metaphysics, in particular, examining whether synthetic minds can be created, whether machines could feel, whether humans can merge with machines, and more. I illustrate that our capacity to successfully negotiate future AI technologies, including the potential to shape “future minds,” depends upon, among other things, our philosophical understanding of the metaphysics of personal identity and the fundamental nature of mind.