In this episode I talk to Dr Karina Vold. Karina is a philosopher of mind, cognition, and artificial intelligence. She works on the ethical and societal impacts of emerging technologies and their effects on human cognition. Dr Vold is currently a postdoctoral Research Associate at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Philosophy, and a Digital Charter Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. We talk about the ethics extended cognition and how it pertains to the use of artificial intelligence. This is a fascinating topic because it addresses one of the oft-overlooked effects of AI on the human mind.
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- 0:00 - Introduction
- 1:55 - Some examples of AI cognitive extension
- 13:07 - Defining cognitive extension
- 17:25 - Extended cognition versus extended mind
- 19:44 - The Coupling-Constitution Fallacy
- 21:50 - Understanding different theories of situated cognition
- 27:20 - The Coupling-Constitution Fallacy Redux
- 30:20 - What is distinctive about AI-based cognitive extension?
- 34:20 - The three/four different ways of thinking about human interactions with AI
- 40:04 - Problems with this framework
- 49:37 - The Problem of Cognitive Atrophy
- 53:31 - The Moral Status of AI Extenders
- 57:12 - The Problem of Autonomy and Manipulation
- 58:55 - The policy implications of recognising AI cognitive extension
- "AI Extenders: The Ethical and Societal Implications of Humans Cognitively Extended by AI" by José Hernández Orallo and Karina Vold
- "The Parity Argument for Extended Consciousness" by Karina
- "The Extended Mind" by Clark and Chalmers
- Theory and Application of the Extended Mind (series by me)