Consciousness and Artificial Intelligence - The David Bramante Show

Consciousness and Artificial Intelligence — The David Bramante Show

What and where is human consciousness? Will we be able to unlock it or replicate it in machines? Host David Levine Bramante researches and reads a massive amount of books on consciousness, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, tech singularity, robots, robotics, and futurism. On this show, he talks to cutting-edge researchers, scientists, and futurists, to learn more about where we’re headed as a species. He’s especially interested in the relationships between humans, machines and the future with experts in their fields. Below are some highlighted episodes.

Electromagnetic Theory of Consciousness — Johnjoe McFadden

Speaking with Professor Johnjoe McFadden about the big bang, evolution and consciousness. Since that time I have received several emails and comments that have pointed me in other great directions. I read the comments here because the conversation, though not very large, is jam packed with incredible feedback and information. Thank you for taking the time to participate and help me. 

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How Computers Really Work — Matthew Justice

Speaking with Matthew Justice about his upcoming book ‘How Computers Really Work’ and discuss computer programming (machine language, assembly language, C, Python), electrical engineering, Nintendo games, his upcoming Nintendo game, among other things. Matthew is a software engineer. He spent 17 years at Microsoft where he took on various roles, including debugging the Windows kernel, developing automated fixes, and leading a team of engineers responsible for building diagnostic tools and services. He has worked on low-level software (the operating system) and on software far removed from the underlying hardware (such as web applications). Matthew has a degree in Electrical Engineering.

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Anesthesiology and Consciousness — Emery Neal Brown

Host David Bramante speaks with Emery Neal Brown about his recent award from the Society of Neuroscience (SfN) (the Swartz Prize) for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience, and discusses his research and experience with anesthesia and consciousness. Emery is the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and a practicing anesthesiologist at MGH.  At MIT he is the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and professor of computational neuroscience, the Associate Director of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, and the Director of the Harvard–MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology. 

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Artificial Intelligence Race: USA vs China — Tom Stefanik

Speaking with Tom Stefanick about artificial intelligence, military warfare, and other interesting topics with AI, military and strategy. Tom is a visiting fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. From 1988 to 2018, Tom had a career in scientific consulting, initially as a technical analyst and eventually as a senior vice president at Metron, Inc. The work that he developed and managed supported Navy and intelligence community research and development and operations analysis for the Pentagon, Navy System Commands, and Warfare Centers. Tom initiated and managed over a dozen technical efforts in machine learning, image recognition, autonomous planning, statistical modeling, sensor modeling, and simulation of military operations and U.S. border security operations. He founded business units that conducted research and development for the Office of Naval Research in autonomy and lidar technology for military applications. 

The Death of Privacy in the Digital  — Scott McClallen

In Twisted Tech, author Scott McClallen seeks to analyze and explore the intersection of technology, free speech, and privacy. He believes technology holds the keys to future advancement of humanity. From accidental policy enforcement to individuals misusing tech; McClallen delves into where things can go wrong while highlighting the incredible opportunities that exist. McClallen seeks to start a conversation. But first, people need to know what’s going on so they can identify emerging problems as technology envelops every part of our lives and blurs the line between public and private. Moving from technology’s roots to the modern-day, there is a lot to explore. 

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Evil Robots, Killer Computers — Steven Shwartz

Longtime artificial intelligence (AI) researcher and investor Steve Shwartz has grown frustrated with the fear-inducing hype around AI in popular culture and media. Yes, today’s AI systems are miracles of modern engineering, but no, humans do not have to fear robots seizing control or taking over all our jobs. In this exploration of the fascinating and ever-changing landscape of artificial intelligence, Dr. Shwartz explains how AI works in simple terms. 

The Meaning Crisis in Western Society with John Vervaeke

The Meaning Crisis in Western Society – Jon Vervaeke | Consciousness, Wisdom, Meaning, Purpose

Is Western Society doomed? This is my conversation with Professor John Vervaeke about his 50-part series Awakening from the Meaning Crisis and his book Zombies in Western Culture, and the work he and others are doing to identify and win the race against a lack of meaning and purpose in Western society.

John believes were in trouble, especially as we watch the rapid breakdown of the Axial Age and Christianity in Western Society. He argues in both the book and series that we are experiencing something similar to the Hellenistic Domicide and Westerners’ worldview and world attunement is in crisis. There is a breakdown in the agent-arena relationship in the West.

He said there are groups forming rapidly to respond, racing against the clock if you will, and that the “nones” that no longer associate themselves with Christianity, America or similar umbrellas still yearn for something… a new religion which is no religion, and it’s difficult to grasp and will have many options for solving personally. An ecology of practices.

Consciousness and Near-Death Experiences with Pim van Lommel

Consciousness, Near-Death Experiences (plus Outer Body Experiences) with Pim van Lommel

Pim and I discuss his book, Consciousness Beyond Life – The Science of the Near-Death Experience. More than most books, I was surprised to have some similar experiences that the book described, which I had never really thought about. The quality of writing and the flow of information are really enjoyable, and the content is very interesting.

Pim shares that the book, Return from Tomorrow, is what set him on track to learn more about Near-Death Experiences (NDE). He discusses Daniel Dennett and David Chalmers briefly in the book, and the theory that consciousness has ‘non-locality’ and ‘endless consciousness.’ We talk about whether or not there are groups that are trying to re-create NDE, or at least induce it. He mentioned the movie ‘Flatliners’ when I asked that. In the book, he talks about Ketamine (Special K), Ayahuasca and DMT. That the brain enables consciousness, but is not consciousness itself.

Pim doesn’t believe that we will ever have ‘artificial intelligence’ or ‘artificial general intelligence’ either.