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Philosopher's Holiday Lecture (Virtual): Eric Schwitzgebel


Wednesday, April 28, 2021


5:00 pm


Main Building Virtual Room 1

"We Might Soon Build AI Who Deserve Rights"

Artificially intelligent machines might someday deserve rights equivalent to human rights. The fact that they are not human, and are our creations, would not give them lower moral status, as long as they have conscious experiences like ours. But will they have conscious experiences like ours, and when, and how could we tell? This throws us straight onto the puzzle of consciousness, for which there is no good solution on the near horizon. Subhuman, superhuman, and divergent AI make the potential problem even more confusing.

Eric Schwitzgebel is an American philosopher and professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. His main interests include connections between empirical psychology and philosophy of mind and the nature of belief.

Please contact Angela Smith ( for access to this virtual lecture.

Angela Smith

Philosophy Department