#067: Going Beyond The Turing Test

March 11, 2015

Jesse is joined by Dr. Kenneth Ford, philosopher-cum-computer-scientist and Founder of the Florida Institute For Human & Machine Cognition.

Dr. Ford gives a fresh take on the principles behind the Turing Test, Artificial Intelligence (or Amplified Intelligence, in Dr. Ford’s preferred jargon), and the hurdles that stand in the way of more rapid advancement in the field.

We’ll also get a first glimpse of a successful memory implantation study, and find out how some smart drug users may be at risk for… unintended pregnancy.  (Bet you didn’t see that one coming.)

Show Notes
  • 00:00:30

    How Smart Drug Smarts made Dr. Kenneth Ford's acquaintance

  • 00:02:07

    This Week in Neuroscience: New Memories Implanted In Mice While They Sleep

  • 00:05:37

    Thank you for your suggestions and a hint at next week's possibly lucrative biological function

  • 00:06:31

    Dr. Ford's varied career path and qualifications, and an introduction to the Institute For Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC)

  • 00:08:03

    The route from philosophy to artificial intelligence: "How does a brain give rise to a mind?"

  • 00:10:07

    Amplified intelligence and "cognitive orthotics"

  • 00:12:10

    Has the Turing Test misdirected AI research?

  • 00:13:50

    How has the idea of amplified intelligence (as opposed to artificial intelligence) fuelled research at IHMC

  • 00:15:18

    Dr. Ford's top-pick research areas: Language development, humanoid robotics, and cutting edge exercise equipment for space travel

  • 00:17:45

    "Science is invented by the tools of science" – predictions on the next big advancements in cognition enhancement

  • 00:18:54

    Dogs vs Computers vs Kasparov: The difference between human and artificial intelligence 

  • 00:21:00

    The parallels between redefining flight and redefining intelligence

  • 00:21:12

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win": The rapid transition from the belief that AI advancement was impossible, to widespread fear of the potential hazards

  • 00:23:01

    Dr. Ford's personal thoughts on the moral and practical implications of AI

  • 00:24:57

    The internal structure of IHMC and how recruitment is handled

  • 00:26:41

    The biggest potential wins in terms of improving our physical bodies with technology

  • 00:30:10

    Some thoughts on our possible dystopian future and Cats, Toilets, and the Limits of Human Comprehension

  • 00:32:39

    Ruthless Listener-Retention Gimmick: Are Your Smart Drugs Hurting Your Contraceptives?

  • 00:34:01

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