Sure, AI NPCs can ‘be aware and have feelings,’ says technophilosopher

Meta just released another one concept video showing the metaverse (opens in new tab) potential abilities and, while your mind might instantly jump to a place of “what a load of corpo-bul,” there’s something to be said for Meta’s statement: “the metaverse may be virtual, but the impact will be real.”

If you simulate a human brain in silicon, you get a sentient being like us. So to me that suggests that these creatures deserve rights.

David Chalmers

To try and get to grips with it, I spoke to David Chalmers, Australian-born technophilosopher professor at New York University, and author of countless books and articles on technology, AI and consciousness (opens in new tab)† The point was to figure out what kind of impact the metaverse will have on our future, but in the end there was a whole lot more to unpack than just that.

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