Susan Schneider

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Susan Schneider is an American professor of philosophy and cognitive science. She holds the NASA-Baruch Blumberg Chair at the Library of Congress and NASA, directs the AI,Mind and Society ("AIMS") Group at the University of Connecticut, and is a visiting member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She is also a recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award. Schneider has been featured on television shows on The History Channel, Fox News, PBS and The National Geographic Channel, and in the feature film, Supersapiens: the Rise of the Mind. [1] [2] [3] She writes opinion pieces for the New York Times, The Financial Times and Scientific American.[4][5][6][7]

Schneider's work has come to the attention of numerous publications including The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Smithsonian, Big Think, Inverse, Discover Magazine, Science Magazine, Motherboard, Slate, Nautilus and Popular Mechanics.[8][9][10][11][12][13]

Schneider writes about the philosophical nature of the mind and self, especially from the vantage point of issues in artificial intelligence, cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and astrobiology.[14][15] Topics include radical brain enhancement, spacetime emergence, superintelligence, the nature of life, whether minds are in some sense programs, panpsychism and the nature of persons.[16][6][5][4] [17] For example, in the domain of astrobiology, Schneider contends that the most intelligent alien beings we encounter will be "postbiological in nature", being forms of artificial intelligence, that they would be superintelligent, and that we can predict what the shape of some of these superintelligences would be like.[16] Her reason for the claim that the most intelligent aliens will be "postbiological" is called the "short window observation." The short-window supposition holds that by the time any society learns to transmit radio signals, they're likely just a few hundred years from upgrading their own biology.[16]

In an academic book on the computational nature of the brain with MIT Press, Schneider examines the viability of different computational theories of thinking. A PhD student of Jerry Fodor, she argues for various revisions to the "language of thought" or symbol processing approach, and urges that the brain is a hybrid computational system. She defends a view of the nature of the mental symbols (where such are the basic vocabulary items in the language of thought). She then used this conception of symbols, together with certain work on the nature of meaning, to construct a theory of the nature of concepts.[18] The basic theory of concepts is intended to be ecumenical, having a version that applies in the case of connectionism, as well as versions that apply to both the prototype theory and definitions view of concepts.[19]



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  2. ^ "Susan Schneider". SUSAN SCHNEIDER. Retrieved 2019-08-10.
  3. ^ Supersapiens, the Rise of the Mind, retrieved 2019-08-14
  4. ^ a b Schneider, Susan (2019-06-10). "Opinion | Should You Add a Microchip to Your Brain?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-10.
  5. ^ a b "Susan Schneider - Opinionator - The New York Times". Retrieved 2019-08-10.
  6. ^ a b Schneider, Susan. "Spacetime Emergence, Panpsychism and the Nature of Consciousness". Scientific American Blog Network. Retrieved 2019-08-10.
  7. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  8. ^ "Can Humanism Survive the Coming Transhumanist Revolution?". 2014-08-27. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  9. ^ "Mind & Self in the Transhumanist Age". 2014-08-27. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  10. ^ "I Compute, Therefore I Am - Science Not Fiction". Science Not Fiction. 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  11. ^ "La forme dominante de vie dans le cosmos est probablement celle de super robots". (in French). 2014-12-21. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  12. ^ "The Dominant Life Form in the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots". Motherboard. 2014-12-19. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  13. ^ Little, Cole (2016-06-22). "Would You Have Any Cosmetic Neurology Done?". Nautilus. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  14. ^ "The Future of the Mind |". Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  15. ^ "Susan Schneider". SUSAN SCHNEIDER. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  16. ^ a b c Stone, Maddie (2014-12-19). "The Dominant Life Form in the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots". Motherboard. Vice. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  17. ^ "The Future of the Mind |". Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  18. ^ Rupert, Robert D. (2008-03-01). "Frege's puzzle and Frege cases: Defending a quasi-syntactic solution". Cognitive Systems Research. Perspectives on Social Cognition. 9 (1–2): 76–91. doi:10.1016/j.cogsys.2007.07.003.
  19. ^ Figdor, Carrie. "Susan Schneider, "The Language of Thought: A New Philosophical Direction" (MIT Press, 2011)". Archived from the original on 2015-09-20. Retrieved 2015-10-26. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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