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- The Language of Mind - A talk by David Chalmers - This is the next post in the edge.org Possible Minds series. As with others, David Chalmers talks for about 15 minutes, which is followed by a discussion among the panelists. Chalmers is known for his work into the so-called, "hard problem of human consciousness", which is the question of why we to have a notion of self-awareness at all, instead of just carrying out all our behaviors in the same fashion, but as unaware automatons. In this talk, he goes to the next level, asking, "why we think there is a problem of consciousness and, in particular, why we go around saying there is a problem of consciousness." He refers to this as the "meta problem of consciousness", gives a number of behavioral examples that show that this sort of puzzlement about consciousness is widespread, even in children, and argues that there is an open and tractable question for psychology, neuroscience, AI, and philosophy to explain the computational mechanism that causes people to puzzle themselves over the nature of consciousness. Discussion participants include Rod Brooks, Alison Gopnik, Neil Gershenfeld, and others. Gopnik's comments at around 18 minutes are especially interesting. This edge.org series has also been covered here:
- Curating the Internet: Science and technology micro-summaries for July 27, 2019 - Frank Wilczek
- Science and technology micro-summaries for July 16, 2019 - Allison Gopnik
- Science and technology micro-summaries for June 21, 2019 - Carolyn Jones
- Interesting Links: June 13, 2019 - Freeman Dyson
- Interesting Links: June 1, 2019 - Stephen Wolfram
- Interesting Links: May 17, 2019 - Rodney Brooks
- Video Friday: This Wearable Robotic Tail Will Improve Your Balance - IEEE Spectrum's weekly selection of awesome robot videos includes research towards robots that build their own tools; a wearable robotic tail that augments the human body and helps with balance; a quadruped for lunar research that moves by jumping; A video of German schoolgirls reacting to Simulative Emotional Expression Robot (SEER); a robotic cane - for walking stability; and more...
Here's my favorite, a telepresence astronaut-replacement robot for the ISS:
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