Free Will


Free Will

Purposeful behavior and decision making. Since the time of Plato, philosophers have explored the paradox of free will, particularly as it applies to machines. During the next century, a key issue will be whether machines will evolve into beings with consciousness and free will. A primary philosophical issue is how free will is possible if events are the result of the predictable or unpredictable interaction of particles. Considering the interaction of particles to be unpredictable does not resolve the paradox of free will because there is nothing purposeful in random behavior.

Articles on that refer to Free Will

Live Moderated Chat: Are We Spiritual Machines? By Ray Kurzweil, Jay W. Richards, and William A. Dembski
Consciousness Connects Our Brains to the Fundamental Level of the Universe By Stuart Hameroff
The Age of Intelligent Machines, Chapter Two: Philosophical Roots By Ray Kurzweil
The Age of Intelligent Machines: A Platonic Dialog on the Nature of Human Thought By Ray Kurzweil
The Paradigms and Paradoxes of Intelligence, Part 2: The Church-Turing Thesis By Ray Kurzweil
The Age of Spiritual Machines: Glossary By Ray Kurzweil
Reflections on Stephen Wolfram's 'A New Kind of Science' By Ray Kurzweil
Taming the Multiverse By New Scientist
The Age of Virtuous Machines By J. Storrs Hall
The Age of Intelligent Machines: Postscript By Ray Kurzweil

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