Journal of Near-Death Studies

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 21–29 | Cite as

The Emerging Intelligence and Its Critical Look at Us

  • Stephen L. Thaler


In response to Susan Gunn's editorial, I offer a less comforting but more utilitarian perspective on the life and death of artificial consciousness. Admittedly an unpopular view, it suggests that concurrence with Gunn's message represents the seeds of our own destruction, as an emerging synthetic intelligence begins to extinguish us.


Utilitarian Perspective Artificial Consciousness Unpopular View Synthetic Intelligence 
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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen L. Thaler
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  1. 1.Imagination Engines, Inc.St. Louis

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