Posted on Saturday April 23, 2016

Podcast of the week - April 2016

My podcast recommendation for this week comes from Sam Harris’s discussion with David Chalmers about consciousness.

The 2nd half gets a little bit waffly when discussing the future of AI - coming from current fears that Nick Bostrom’s Superintelligence started last year, but the first half covers conciousness really well.

In particular:

  • What is consciousness? Is it actually anything or just a by-product of all the data our brains receive?
  • Is everything in the universe conscious? If so, are thermostats conscious?
  • Mmmmmm brains: the zombie analogy for consciousness.

https://www.samharris.org/podcast/item/the-light-of-the-mind