Human Consciousness and AI: Is There Anything Unique About the Human Mind?

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Human Consciousness and AI: Is There Anything Unique About the Human Mind?

Explore the uniqueness of the human mind by examining the capacities and limitations of AI through a Buddhist lens.

By Dharma Realm Buddhist University (DRBU)

When and where

Date and time

Thursday, April 13 · 7:30 - 8:30pm PDT



About this event

  • 1 hour
  • Mobile eTicket

It’s a fact: AI, the latest leap in technological innovation, has arrived. Tasks that were once the exclusive domain of human skill, such as artistic creativity, text comprehension, and nuanced conversation, can now be executed by machines in a matter of milliseconds.

As we contemplate these machines that exhibit eerily human-like behavior, a profound question arises: If a machine can be trained to think, create, and speak like a human, then what truly defines humanity?

For over 2,500 years, Buddhist thinkers have been exploring the nature of the mind and its various functions. Can Buddhist thought offer insight into the essence of being human in this age of technological transformation?

Join us in conversation with Professor Doug Powers, a long-time Buddhist practitioner, as we delve into what, if anything, makes the human mind unique. Bring your questions for the Q&A session at the end, and let's explore together!

Check out a clip from our previous event on Buddhism and The Matrix.

This event is hosted by Dharma Realm Buddhist University. At DRBU, we are interested in exploring the intersection of Buddhist and Western philosophical traditions. We are associated with City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, the largest Buddhist monastery in Northern California.

*Image is The Double Secret by Rene Magritte.

About the organizer

Dharma Realm Buddhist University is a community dedicated to liberal education in the broad Buddhist tradition—a tradition characterized by knowledge in the arts and sciences, self–cultivation, and the pursuit of wisdom.