Brighton Science Festival

Philosophy Cafe- Can Machines have Consciousness?

Sunday 4 November 2018

4.00pm - 6.00pm

Cafe Moksha
4 - 5 York Place
Brighton, BN1 4GU
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What do we mean by consciousness?

The concept of consciousness can be looked at from a number of perspectives.

Consciousness, commonly refers to being self aware, or conscious of one’s own existence. We identify ourselves as an individual, are aware of our thoughts and emotions, and our physical body and its relationship to the world around us. But what is it that is conscious? Is it a construct of the mind? And is the mind a product of the brain? Is Consciousness the result of the mind’s interaction and interpretation of the external and internal world?

There is another interpretation that sees Consciousness, not as the end result of experience, but as the origin of thoughts and emotions, and of existence itself. Consciousness in this interpretation is also known as: The Absolute, Brahman, Unity Consciousness, Ultimate Self, Love, or God.

Are these definitions, or any other, applicable to machines?

Sunday 4 November

4pm – 6pm

Free – just buy your own refreshments

Cafe Moksha, 4-5 York Pl, Brighton BN1 4GU