Westworld & Consciousness in Psychology Today

westworld2My latest is Psychology Today is titled “Westworld, Emotion and the Dilemma of Machine Consciousness“. It explores the future of AI and the feasibility of machine consciousness through the lens of HBO’s hit series “Westworld“. Drawing from the ideas set out in my book, “Heart of the Machine“, the article is a very condensed version of the evolutionary, neurological and philosophical evidence that may makes up part of the foundation of human consciousness. Westworld draws on this and a few less accepted theories about what it might take to give rise to consciousness in an AI. The article is in two parts. It’s also been cross-posted to Medium.com.