On the Singularity, emotions, and computer consciousness

The term ‘artificial intelligence’ was coined as long ago as 1956 to describe ‘the science and engineering of making intelligent machines’. The work that has happened in the subject since then has had enormous impact. Margaret Boden is a Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex, and one of the best known figures in the field of Artificial Intelligence. We put four key questions to her about this exciting area of research. Could AI surpass human intelligence? In principle, probably. That’s because there’s nothing magical about the mind/brain. It works according to (still largely unknown) scientific principles that could conceivably be simulated in computers. If AI could equal human intelligence, it could probably also surpass it. Some people believe in ‘the Singularity’: a point at which AI…


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