Sign In

Communications of the ACM

ACM Opinion

The AI in a Jar

View as: Print Mobile App Share:
Illustration of a brain with gears inside a jar.

The brain in a jar asks whether thinking requires a thinker, but the possibility of AI primarily revolves around what is necessary to make a computer or program intelligent.

The "brain in a jar" is a thought experiment of a disembodied human brain living in a jar of sustenance. The thought experiment explores human conceptions of reality, mind, and consciousness.

This article explores a metaphysical argument against artificial intelligence (AI) on the grounds that a disembodied AI, or a "brain" without a body, is incompatible with the nature of intelligence.

From Tech Talks
View Full Article


No entries found

Sign In for Full Access
» Forgot Password? » Create an ACM Web Account