Magazine article AI Magazine

125 Big Questions

Magazine article AI Magazine

125 Big Questions

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125 Big Questions. Science. July 1, 2005 (www.sciencemag.org). "In a special collection of articles published beginning I July 2005, Science Magazine and its online companion sites celebrate the journal's 125th anniversary with a look forward--at the most compelling puzzles and questions facing scientists today. A special, free news feature in Science explores 125 big questions that face scientific inquiry over the next quarter-century...." What Is the Biological Basis of Consciousness? By Greg Miller. "For centuries, debating the nature of consciousness was the exclusive purview of philosophers. But if the recent torrent of books on the topic is any indication, a shift has taken place: Scientists are getting into the game. Has the nature of consciousness finally shifted from a philosophical question to a scientific one that can be solved by doing experiments.... Recent scientifically oriented accounts of consciousness generally reject Descartes's solution; most prefer to treat body and mind as different aspects of the same thing. In this view, consciousness emerges from the properties and organization of neurons in the brain. But how?" What Are the Limits of Conventional Computing? …

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