David ChalmersDavid Chalmers is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University. He has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Adelaide, and a Ph.D. in philosophy and cognitive science from Indiana University. He is the author of The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory (Oxford University Press, 1996), and of many articles on consciousness, AI, the philosophy of mind and language, and cognitive science. A book of essays responding to his work, Explaining Consciousness: The Hard Problem, was published in 1997. As director of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona from 1999 to 2004, and as a founder of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, he has played a leading role in establishing the infrastructure for an interdisciplinary science of consciousness. His article “The Matrix as Metaphysics” can be found on the official Matrix website.


He has written a paper on the subject entitled ‘The Singularity: A Philosophical Analysis’.


Simulation and the Singularity

Chalmers abstract for the SingSum (US) in 2009 was “I.J. Good’s “intelligence explosion” is the rapid transition from greater-than-human artificial intelligence to superintelligence. I will give a philosophical analysis of the argument for an intelligence explosion, and will consider the forms that such explosion might take. Focusing on the likelihood that it will take place within a simulated world, I will consider resulting practical and philosophical issues. How, if it all, can we control the impact of superintelligence in a simulated world on our world? Will systems in a post-singularity world be conscious? Can we be among them? ”


David Chalmers at Singularity Summit 2009 — Simulation and the Singularity from Singularity Institute on Vimeo.

Philosophy Bites

The upward spiral of artificial intelligence looks set to produce machines which are cleverer and more powerful than any humans. What happens when machines can themselves create super-intelligent machines? ‘The Singularity’ is the name science fiction writers gave to this situation. Philosopher David Chalmers discusses the philosophical implications of this very real possibility with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.