Artificial Consciousness and Synthetic Souls

  • Juli L. GittingerEmail author


The topic of AI continues in this chapter, this time looking at how we may regard AI as having intelligence, consciousness, and possibly a soul. The notion of an android soul is explored through science fiction series like Caprica and Black Mirror, and raises questions as to whether one is born with a soul, or does a soul develop over time? To explore this line of inquiry, I refer to Gurdjieff and Ouspensky’s work in the field of philosophy, as well as how Indic religions, like Buddhism, have begun to think about AI and consciousness.


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  1. 1.Georgia CollegeMilledgevilleUSA

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