15 November 2023 | 11h00 - 12h30 (Lisbon Time Zone) | Online
#Seminar 6: The relation between consciousness and artificial intelligence (AI) has puzzled humanity for a long time. This includes questions such as: Can AI be conscious? Or more recently, can a Large Language Model (LLM) be conscious? Should we create conscious AI? How dangerous would that creation be for humanity? And, would conscious AI suffer? It seems that our interest about this relation is, at least, twofold. First, we are concerned about the nature of consciousness and machines; and second, we are (ethically) troubled by the idea ‘what if AI could really be conscious’. In this talk, I will explore the latter issue. To do so, I will consider the problem of conscious AI in general and specifically ask, whether it is a good idea to create it. In my view, this matter is closely related to our concerns about whether conscious AI could be dangerous for humanity, whether AI can suffer and what we should conclude from that. I will then apply my thoughts to the case of medicine, where doubts about these issues seem even more salient. I will conclude that there is a dilemma here. On the one hand, conscious AI can help in a variety of patient care, but on the other hand, negative outcomes for both, the conscious AI and patients, cannot be excluded.
Short bio: Klaus Gärtner is a researcher at the Departamento de História e Filosofia das Ciências at the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (DHFC/FCUL) and the Centro de Filosofia das Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (CFCUL). His research interests include Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science, Philosophy of AI, Philosophy of Science, Epistemology and Metaphysics.
rTAIM Seminars: https://ifilosofia.up.pt/activities/rtaim-seminars
Steven S. Gouveia (MLAG/IF)
Mind, Language and Action Group (MLAG)
Instituto de Filosofia da Universidade do Porto – FIL/00502
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)