The Lack in Machines – reflections on a philosophical panic | Rob Price

The Lack in Machines – reflections on a philosophical panic | Rob Price

The Lack in Machines – reflections on a philosophical panic
Robert Price

Only you and I
It means nothing to me
This means nothing to me
Oh, Vienna
– Ultravox, ‘Vienna’1. Background

‘The feeling of an unbridgeable gulf between consciousness and brain process: how come this plays no role in reflections of ordinary life?

– Wittgenstein, ‘Philosophical Investigations’ §412 (1963)

As has been widely reported, Facebook recently shut down an AI which was beginning to develop what has been called its ‘own language’. This led many to conclude that the eschatological horror of sentient AI was upon…

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