PPIG: Philosophy, Psychology, and Informatics Group


Speaker: Mark Rowlands (University of Miami)

Title: Upload: From the Imitation Game to the Resurrection Game

Abstract: In the not-too-distant future it is likely that a LLM (or something similar) will pass the Turing Test (if one has not done so already). If it can pass the Turing Test there is no reason to think it won’t be able to pass another test: from pretending to be a generic person to pretending to be a specific person. This is a shift from what Turing called the Imitation Game to what we might call the Resurrection Game. This paper explores key benchmarks that will have to met in order to play this game well, assess the likelihood of their being met, and examines what this shows about the nature of persons.

Further information

We are a group of researchers from diverse backgrounds in the above-mentioned groups (and beyond) who aim to gain an interdisciplinary yet deep understanding of the threads that bind the human mind and the world. In particular, this seminar series focuses on the nature of cognition, metacognition and social cognition. We’ll be tackling questions such as, what does it mean to think? What does it mean to think about thinking? And, what does it mean to think about one’s own thinking versus thinking about the thinking of other people? Please come along!

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Contact details

Tillmann Vierkant

Feb 05 2024 -

PPIG: Philosophy, Psychology, and Informatics Group

2024-02-05: CANCELLED

Room G.02, 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH