Welcome back and we’re right on time you can hear so pleasure now to introduce David Gomez he’s at the department of computer science at Middlesex University and the subject here is machine consciousness and the AI apocalypse so over to you do okay uh-ho um so my name is David Gomez I feel slightly weird sitting down but I’ll I.
Work with it so yeah Department of Computer Science for the sex University I’m going to talk about machine conscious and the AI apocalypse so it’s Robert talked about yesterday briefly there’s a kind of ambiguity to the apocalypse it’s possible to turn off the heater oh yeah Cheers okay.
Okay yes yeah yeah okay so we typically think of apocalypse is this kind of mass destruction when.
Everyone dies and you know things get blown to bits but you know real apocalypse is or at least the apocalypse is in sort of religion are often got a positive dimension as well right the destruction rushes in a new era in which you know good triumphs over evil the righteousness AIDS and so.
So forth so whether apocalypse is good or bad depends on who you are right if you’re one of the saved one of the just then it’s great that all these evil.
People wiped out by the flood or by the apocalypse by the nuclear explosions or whatever worth of.
Your evil obviously that’s a bad thing yeah again you know if humans blow themselves to bits we’re with nuclear weapons right then that’s great for cockroaches for bad for humans right and the same goes.
For the robot apocalypse or the AI apocalypse right maybe the AIS will wipe us all out and you know crunch on our skulls on some kind of dusty battlefield right but that would be great for the robots right and maybe that’d be good for consciousness – yeah so.
I’m gonna look at both of these aspects of apocalypse in this talk it’s one lady first is sort of briefly talk you through some of the work on machine consciousness which I’m guessing most of you’re not very familiar with to give you some kind of context.
And then I’m going to talk through all.
I’m gonna talk you through how this will relate to the AI apocalypse so my own research has been sort of done bits and bobs on AI but it’s been more focused on the machine conscious of stuff and so that’s what I’m going to focus here okay so this.
Is a little bit of a potted history on machine consciousness so in about the 1980s very roughly then people started to think about consciousness again so we had these.
Like long dark days of behaviorism with black boxes and Skinner boxes and pigeons pecking at lights and what’s kind.
Of stuff and then 90 80s people said well this stuff sucks let’s hatch you try and think about what’s going on inside the.
Brain inside the mind and try and understand that instead and then the nine 90s I got like kind of quick and weather sort.
Of main sort of pioneers in this area they were sort of I’m studying serious scientific work on what’s called like the neural Koretz of consciousness so they’re they’re trying to talk a.
Little bit about this later as well but they were trying to figure out what’s going on in the brain when you’re conscious and how is that different from what’s going on the.