Mind and Machine: The Future of Thinking

Creative thought is surely among our most precious and mysterious capabilities. But can powerful computers rival the human brain? As thinking, remembering and innovating become increasingly interwoven with technological advances, what are we capable of? What do we lose? Join Luciano Floridi, John Donoghue, Gary Small and Rosalind Picard for a thought-provoking program about thinking.

This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

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Original Program Date: June 4, 2010
MODERATOR: John Hockenberry
PARTICIPANTS: Luciano Floridi, Gary Small, Rosalind Picard, John Donoghue

John Hockenberry Introduction 00:00

Participant Introductions. 06:21

What is the brain doing when it is trying to get a signal to the outside? 08:11

Pong with no paddle. 11:09

Whats the history of machines becoming one with humans? 15:00

Will we be more open to this technology moving forward? 25:47

Rosalind Picard demonstrates software that reads your face and mind. 28:58

Autism and the tools to help the signal to noise problem. 39:09

Is all this tech changing our brains? 46:05

The worry about spending too much time with our tech. 57:55

Can we replicate the internet in out brain? 01:05:37

Can we make a machine that profiles? 01:14:30

Can we create machines that are so like humans that they are another spices? 01:21:00
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