Saturday, May 16, 2009

Robert J. Sawyer Talks About Cognitive Science

Last week, Robert J. Sawyer gave a talk on "Webmind: When the Web Wakes Up" as part of the University of Pennsylvania Neuroethics Program talk series. He talked about his recently-released novel Wake, which features a sentient World Wide Web, and the uploaded consciousnesses in his 2005 novel Mindscan.
And as Sawyer notes in his blog: the talk contains "major spoilers for both books", so you've been warned. If you are interested in learning more about the novels check out Sawyer's web pages for Mindscan and Wake that include sample chapters and reviews.



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