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An Introduction to AI Unit 10: AI and the Boundaries of Humanity

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Unit overview

This unit will explore the interaction and integration of AI with humans. We will investigate what makes us human and how we differ from animals and machines. We will also discuss whether machines could ever have human characteristics, become self-aware and have consciousness. If machines could have human-like consciousness, by what process would that happen?

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Dr. Ronjon Nag

Dr. Ronjon Nag has an Engineering PhD (Cambridge), an SM in Management Science (MIT) and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (Birmingham). He is president of the R42 Institute and he became a Stanford University Interdisciplinary Distinguished Careers Institute Fellow at the Center for Study for Language and Information in 2016. He works on the Boundaries of Humanity Project looking at intelligence in humans, animals and machines in the age of biotechnology and artificial intelligence. He teaches at Stanford Medical School. He is an active Advisor and Board Member to some 70 AI and Biotech companies. He has also been awarded the IET Mountbatten Medal for contributions to the mobile phone industry.

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What you will learn
By the end of this unit, you will:

• Understand the difference between intelligence in humans, machines and animals.
• Understand consciousness and AI.
• Understand the future of AI and where strong AI is going to come from.
Who should learn
This introductory course is open to learners of all levels. No computer science or programming experience is needed, but an understanding of simple algebra would be useful.