What Studying Consciousness Can Reveal about AI and the Metaverse (with Anil Seth)

January 26, 2022

The workings of the brain have long puzzled scientists and philosophers, but the last twenty years have been a golden age for consciousness research.

Cognitive and computational neuroscience professor Anil Seth is at the cutting edge of that work. He and Azeem Azhar discuss theories on how and why our brains work the way they do and explore how learning more about those questions could lead to new discoveries in medicine, AI, and virtual reality.

They also address:

  • How is it possible to scientifically study a subjective experience?
  • What is the difference between consciousness and intelligence, and can you have one without the other?
  • If a computer becomes conscious, but it doesn’t want to share its self-awareness, would we ever know?


Further resources:

‘What Is It Like to Be a Bat?’ – Thomas Nagel (1974)
Being You, Anil Seth – Penguin Random House

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