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Jan 9

AI: Artificial Intelligence or Automated Imbecility? Can machines think and feel?

January 9, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


This second webinar squarely confronts the notion of “intelligent” technology. By attending this, you will learn:

Thinking: the possibility of self-determining the next thought and free will. Searle’s Chinese Room. Machines will never think in the human sense, and they will never have free will. Sensations and feelings: individuality and subjectivity. Machines will never have sensations and feelings. Mind: thinking, feeling and willing and the role of the physical brain. Consciousness and self-consciousness. Intelligence and the Turing Test. Electronic chess and Kurzweil’s prophecies. New classifications of intelligence and “Artificial Intelligence”. Should AI mean “Artificial Intelligence” or “Automated Imbecility”? Machine Learning: implementation, the new programming paradigm, social problems. Man-machine symbiosis and the “singularity”. The films Artificial Intelligence (by Spielberg) and The Bicentennial Man (by Columbus) and their absurdities. The dangers of considering humans and living beings as machines and how to reverse this trend.

After attending these two webinars you will better understand how to work with:

The indications Rudolf Steiner gave concerning technology and how to apply them today.The adversarial powers behind technology, how to confront and transform them. The necessity of our future and how we can rightly accept these things out of freedom.

This is the 2nd part of a 2-part series that includes:

The Turing Machine and what computers can and cannot do AI: Artificial Intelligence or Automated Imbecility? Can machines think and feel?


More About the Speaker

Valdemar Setzer is an Anthroposophist and a retired professor of computer science at the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of São Paulo (USP) where he continues to supervise theses, research, and teach. He was Visiting Professor at the Universities of Texas in Austin and at Stuttgart in Germany. He received his doctorate from USP in 1967. He was founder and Director of the Electronic Computing Center at USP, head of the departments of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at IME, President of the Undergraduate Committee of IME, and active in his profession in numerous ways. He has published 12 books (see list on his website) and has published numerous technical articles in national and international magazines and congresses. He has been an invited speaker for events that the Goetheanum.


January 9, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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