65 – Vold on How We Can Extend Our Minds With AI

Karina Vold

In this episode I talk to Dr Karina Vold. Karina is a philosopher of mind, cognition, and artificial intelligence. She works on the ethical and societal impacts of emerging technologies and their effects on human cognition. Dr Vold is currently a postdoctoral Research Associate at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Philosophy, and a Digital Charter Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. We talk about the ethics extended cognition and how it pertains to the use of artificial intelligence. This is a fascinating topic because it addresses one of the oft-overlooked effects of AI on the human mind.

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Show Notes

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 1:55 – Some examples of AI cognitive extension
  • 13:07 – Defining cognitive extension
  • 17:25 – Extended cognition versus extended mind
  • 19:44 – The Coupling-Constitution Fallacy
  • 21:50 – Understanding different theories of situated cognition
  • 27:20 – The Coupling-Constitution Fallacy Redux
  • 30:20 – What is distinctive about AI-based cognitive extension?
  • 34:20 – The three/four different ways of thinking about human interactions with AI
  • 40:04 – Problems with this framework
  • 49:37 – The Problem of Cognitive Atrophy
  • 53:31 – The Moral Status of AI Extenders
  • 57:12 – The Problem of Autonomy and Manipulation
  • 58:55 – The policy implications of recognising AI cognitive extension

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