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🧠 Artificial Intelligence & Consciousness

In this program, you’ll explore the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and the philosophy of the mind. You’ll discuss the risks associated with advanced AI, question what it means to have a conscious experience, and philosophize on the nature of reality.

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4 weeks

$400

Grades 9-12

4 weeks

FREE

Grades 9-12

Low Time Commitment

Edgi is your place to escape and chill - you'll meet with your squad for just an hour twice a week.

"I love that edgi is sooo different from a school learning experience."

Naysa

10th Grade, India

"I would completely recommend it to anyone. The conversations are so deep and interesting."

Emily

11th Grade, MA, USA

"I feel 10x more comfortable in edgi discussion calls than I do on school ones."

Elena

10th Grade, MA, USA

Program Breakdown

Weekly topics and terms you'll know by the end of the program

Week 1: AI - The Basics

What’s the difference between machine learning and rule-based programming? How does AI mimic the structure of the human brain? What can we do with machine learning?

Rule Based Systems
Machine Learning
Neural Networks

Week 2: The Risks of AI

What are the risks associated with advanced AI? How can AI systems be used for good, or be misused? What happens if we have runaway Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)?

Narrow AI vs General AI
Paperclip Maximizer
Algorithms of Oppression

Week 3: What Is Consciousness?

What does it mean to be conscious? How do we know computers or even rocks aren’t conscious? Is consciousness only possible within an organic system (like a cat)?

"The Hard Problem"
Philosophical Zombies
Substrate Independence

Week 4: The Future of Everything

Given what we’ve learned about consciousness, how do we know what is real? What happens when we achieve Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)? Will we use AI to create utopia or dystopia?

The Singularity
Simulation Theory
Vulnerable World Hypothesis

How it works

1. Weekly Prep

Start your week with a series of fun, short videos made by the edgi team. Then dive deeper by choosing from curated resources like podcasts, videos, and articles.

2. Live discussions

Twice a week, join discussion sessions with your squad. Hear different perspectives and wrestle with the biggest issues facing our future.

3. Socials & events

Get to know people in other squads and make new friends at virtual socials like game nights, piña colada parties, bake-offs, movie watch parties, and more.

Meet the program creator

Josh Shapiro, edgi co-founder and NYU professor

Josh teaches several courses on creativity, technology, and the future of work at New York University. Josh previously worked on the digital staff for Andrew Yang's presidential campaign.

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Squads run for 4 weeks and are open to students in grades 9-12

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Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page or reach out to Josh at josh@edgilearning.com