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Are We Spiritual Machines? Ray Kurzweil vs. the Critics of Strong A.I.

George F. Gilder, Ray Kurzweil, Jay Richards (Editor)

Discovery Institute (June 2002), 228 pg., 2002

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In the closing session of the 1998 Telecosm conference, hosted annually by Gilder Publishing and Forbes at Lake Tahoe, inventor and author Ray Kurzweil engaged a number of critics. He advocated "Strong Artificial Intelligence" (AI), the claim that a computational process sufficiently capable of altering or organizing itself can produce "consciousness." The session had an unexpectedly profound impact, not least because a number of important issues from technology to philosophy converge on this one issue. In this volume, the Discovery Institute, with the help of the contributors, has reproduced and expanded on the intitial discussion.

Jay Richards (editor), a philosopher and theologian, is a Senior Fellow and Program Director for Discovery Institute's Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture, Seattle, WA.

George Gilder is a Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute, best-selling author of Telecosm and President, Gilder Technology Group, Inc., Housatonik, MA.

Ray Kurzweil is Founder and CEO, Kurzweil Educational Systems, Inc., Waltham, MA, and award-winning author of The Age of Spiritual Machines.

John Searle is Mills Professor of the Philosophy of Mind at the University of California at Berkeley and author of many books including Rationality in Action.

William Dembski is Associate Professor of the Conceptual Foundations of Science at Baylor University, Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute, and author of The Design Inference.

Michael Denton is the Senior Research Fellow in Human Molecular Genetics at the University of Otago in New Zealand, Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute, and author of Nature's Destiny.

Thomas Ray is a tropical biologist and Professor of Zoology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, and developer of the digital evolution software, Tierra.

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