In Algo Podcast Episode 22, Dr. Matt McCormick and Amjad Hussain discuss Machine Minds.
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0:00 Episode Preview 0:24 Introduction 3:14 Philosophy Jokes 4:40 Conscious Machines from a Philosophy Perspective 5:26 How much of what we learn is from experience? 8:55 Shift in modern computer science to parallel distributed processing 10:50 Self Driving Cars & Theory of Mind 14:32 Minds emerge at the complex systems level 15:41 Connectome 17:26 Artificial Neural Networks 19:32 Training Blank Networks vs. A Priori Structuring 20:58 Frostbite Challenge 23:34 Humans bringing more to the table when they have world encounters 24:52 Board Games & Monte Carlo Research 29:19 A priori knowledge 32:15 Early Infant Milestones 35:08 Evolution & how babies learn 38:41 Evolution & highly organized design of human bodies 43:49 A priori vs. a posteriori 44:58 Innate Mind Frameworks 47:00 AI struggles without intuitive physics 48:34 Language of Thought 55:22 Philosophy of AI 56:04 Secret key to Conscious AI 59:23 Subverbal 1:02:44 Robots with facial expressions 1:07:43 R2-D2 1:08:57 C2: Modeling minds for humans 1:11:08 The Intentional Stance 1:15:51 Human Mind Map 1:17:17 AI Mind Map 1:18:48 AI Medical Research 1:23:22 Why do some scientists think we are living in a simulation? 1:28:45 How to use AI to resemble human capabilities 1:30:31 AI systems are too simple to have feelings 1:37:51 Power switch of consciousness 1:40:12 You need to be alive to have a subjective experience 1:43:33 Consciousness at neural systems level 1:47:28 Subjective phenomenal experiences 1:49:35 Turing tests 1:53:27 Humans discounting AI capabilities 1:56:42 Advanced fMRI Machines 1:58:55 Conscious experiences for patients in vegetative states 2:07:06 When will AI pass the Turing test? 2:08:37 Closing Thoughts
About the host
Amjad Hussain is an entrepreneur at heart. He founded Algo where he is the CEO during the day and AI lego blocks designer at night. He has built an intrinsically motivated global team of deep business domain experts, AI architects, computer scientists and software engineers. Algo is an always on full stack platform with deep learning, augmented reality and workflow automation woven at its core. The platform has a conversational virtual business analyst persona as its primary user interface. The company is enjoying sustainable growth creating tremendous net new value for its customers world-wide.
Amjad completed his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering with Honors from UET Lahore. He earned his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from UMIST, in the United Kingdom and an Advanced Analytics MBA from MIT. He has completed general management programs at Harvard and Stanford business schools. Amjad deeply cares about ethical issues surrounding AI and its societal impact.
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