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  Could Robots Feel Pain? Theorizing Al from Ibn Rushd's Science of the Soul  
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This discussion, which draws on a part of Sylvester Johnson's book project, attempts to explain what if anything distinguishes people from things by considering machine intelligence as a particularly generative instance of a more general problem that Ibn Rushd sought to tackle in his Long Commentary on Aristotle's De Anima. The thrust of the talk argues that sensing (feeling) and knowing (information processing) are different terms for a common, material based phenomenon. Although this argument contravenes a central thesis of Ibn Rushd, this twelfth-century scholar's rigorous analysis and framework provides necessary precision and method for examining this question posed by contemporary digital technology.


Location: 100 Major Williams Hall
Price: FREE
Sponsor: The Department of Religion and Culture
Contact: Emma Rifai
E-Mail: rifai@vt.edu
   
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