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🧠 Artificial Intelligence & Consciousness
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🧠 Artificial Intelligence & Consciousness


Josh 🇺🇸


100% Remote

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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Squads meet 2x/week for hour-long discussion sessions

Josh 🇺🇸

Josh 🇺🇸


📍 New York, USA

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4 weeks




Grades 9 - 12


Squad will be born when 10 students are on waitlist


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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

Tue & Thu

10am - 11am ET

Oct 26, 2021 2:00 PM
Oct 26, 2021 3:00 PM
Oct 28, 2021 2:00 PM
Oct 28, 2021 3:00 PM
November 18, 2021 3:00 PM
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