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The Evolution of the Mind, and why robots WON’T be taking over the world

By Andrea Klinkenberg, Account Executive, Publicis Resolute

 

As part of our Culture Club initiative, we recently attended a very cerebral talk… ‘Daniel Dennett on the Evolution of the Mind, Consciousness and AI’. From philosophers, to Artificial Intelligence experts, and even artists, an exceptionally intelligent panel answered some of the most intriguing questions of modern times.

The two hour panel discussion went down at the very snazzy Emmanuel Centre in Westminster recently, complete with the hushed awe of the five hundred aspiring philosophers in the audience, an excited bunch of Resoluters and just the right amount of wine.

The panel was chaired by Daniel Glaser who led Daniel Dennett, Blaise Agüera y Arcas, Random International, Nicholas Shea and Tara Swart through the minefield that is human consciousness, helped along by some pertinent questions from the audience. Everything you can fathom about the mind was discussed; from thoughts on the birth of consciousness, to what it means to be human, why our ancestral forefathers learned to cooperate and compete, the artificial intelligence that could lead to the singularity and the tricks our brains are constantly playing on us.

It’s hard to construe the depth of the conversations that took place but, suffice to say, minds were blown. In order to explain it all as simply and succinctly as possible, and maintain my non-neuroscientist sanity at the same time, we thought it would be best to share a few of the most interesting comments we heard and the concepts we took away with us:

Inspirational stuff, right? To top the night off, we then headed to a local Chinese restaurant to satisfy the appetite we’d built up from all the learning!

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