Prof. James Giordano, PhD, is Vice President for Academic Programs and Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. On January 11, he took questions in a live web chat format on "Created Consciousness: The Future of Sentient Machines." In this chat, Prof. Giordano addressed the development of sentient or "conscious" computers, a notion that is downright scary to some, exciting and promising to others. Many experts in the neuroscience and neurotechnology arenas say it’s bound to happen – and some say it’s happening already. To read the archived chat, please visit the Live Event Chat page on our website. Click here to read a Neurobioethics blog post by Prof. Giordano on this topic.



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