Megan Peters

Megan Peters, UCI associate professor, cognitive sciences, School of Social Sciences writes, “It’s my hope that AI—as it becomes more capable of synthesizing new information, engaging in compositional, symbolic reasoning, and self-monitoring its own cognitive processes—may be able to help us toward the goal of understanding consciousness in ways we can’t yet imagine. … I don’t know yet, how we’ll convincingly detect consciousness in any system—biological or artificial—besides, myself. But I think that AI, as it evolves, has the potential to help us find the answer by helping us understand what makes humans conscious in the first place.

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