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OU鈥檚 Burke Lecture to explore connections between philosophy and AI

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OU鈥檚 Burke Lecture to explore connections between philosophy and AI
David Chalmers
Professor David Chalmers will be the featured speaker for OU's 2024 Richard J. Burke Lecture at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, in the Oakland Center Gold Rooms.

Generative AI systems, such as ChatGPT and its many relatives, have taken the world by storm.聽

They show a variety of impressive abilities that would require intelligence if done by humans. But is ChatGPT really intelligent? Can it understand what it says? Is it conscious? Can it think? These are difficult questions that require philosophical analysis.

David Chalmers, professor of philosophy and neural science and co-director of the Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness at New York University, will explore these questions at 51视频鈥檚 2024 Richard J. Burke Lecture in Philosophy, Religion and Society. The event will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, in the Oakland Center Gold Rooms.

Dr. Chalmers is the author of 鈥淭he Conscious Mind,鈥 鈥淐onstructing The World鈥 and 鈥淩eality+: Virtual Worlds and the Problems of Philosophy.鈥

He is known for formulating the 鈥渉ard problem of consciousness,鈥 which refers to how subjective experiences such as tastes, sights and sounds arise from physical brain processes, and for the idea of the 鈥渆xtended mind,鈥 which says that the tools humans use can become parts of their minds.

鈥淭here is no one in the world better prepared to answer questions about the intelligence of generative AI than Professor David Chalmers,"聽 said聽Mark Navin, professor and chair of OU's Department of Philosophy. "He is a pioneering and visionary thinker, and his career is a testament to the relevance of philosophy for the problems we care about most."聽

Designed to tackle some of today's compelling issues 鈥 from war to religion to sexual ethics 鈥 the Richard J. Burke Lecture in Philosophy, Religion and Society sparks serious, thought-provoking discussions between scholars, students and the community.聽The annual event honors the legacy of Richard J. Burke (1932-2012), professor emeritus of philosophy and the first faculty member hired at 51视频.聽

Admission is free, but reservations are requested. To reserve a space, contact Ann Zimmerman at (248) 370-3390 or聽zimmerm2@oakland.edu.

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