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UGA Signature Lecture - "AI, Your Brain, and the 'Thought Data Economy'"

Dr. Susan Schneider

Department of Philosophy

Florida Atlantic University

October 8, 2020 4:00pm

This online lecture, co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Institute for Artificial Intelligence, is part of the University of Georgia's Signature Lecture Series and is funded by the Scott and Heather Kleiner Lecture Series in Philosophy.


In this talk, I discuss the philosophical implications of current projects that aim to detect and digitize your very thoughts. I discuss Control Lab's wristband, which detects certain motor commands initiated by the brain. (This company was  Facebook's biggest acquisition since Oculus, and the device will be ready for Beta testing in winter, 2021). I also discuss the development of brain chips to augment intelligence (e.g., Neuralink) and link humans wirelessly to their digital devices. Attendees may wish to view the following webpage of a company that Facebook acquired:


Susan Schneider is the William F. Dietrich Distinguished Professor at Florida Atlantic University and the current NASA-Baruch Blumberg Chair at the Library of Congress and NASA. The author of several books, Dr. Schneider writes about the nature of the self and mind, especially from the vantage point of issues in philosophy, AI, cognitive science and astrobiology.  She has appeared on PBS and The History Channel, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Scientific American, and The Financial Times. As the NASA chair, Dr. Schneider has recently completed a two year project on the future of intelligence. She now works with Congress on AI policy. Her most recent book, Artificial You: AI and the Future of the Mind, was published in October 2019. She is currently working on a book on the nature of intelligent systems. 


Requests for accommodations for those with disabilities should be made as soon as possible but at least 7 days prior to the scheduled lecture. Please contact Frederick Maier at to request accommodations.

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