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The myth of human consciousness and accidental AI

Intuition is a wonderful thing. But being self-aware is really over rated. Most animals apparently manage very well without a consciousness. So does it matter so much that we can blush? As for choice, such things might be nothing more than an intricate illusion…

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The reducible complexity of life

Mother Nature is infinitely inventive. The forces that have given rise to and shaped all of the life here on Earth are constant puzzles to scientists. But they are entirely fathomable puzzles and not irreducibly complex, regardless of what you may have been taught at Sunday school…

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Robot rights for the wrong reasons?

We’ve all seen them in the movies. We’ve seen them laying waste to cities in The Terminator, and we’ve seen them run amok in I, Robot, too.