Machines Like Us interviews Steve Grand

September 20, 2007

[There is] increasingly inescapable evidence that we are machines; that a human mind in all its glory is a mechanical consequence of the lawful interactions between trillions of very simple moving parts, and not some kind of vitalistic magical essence attached by a silver thread to a body. For most people this is very hard news to take, and they rebel against it. 'What about culture?', they say. 'What about free will?' 'How dare you suggest I'm some kind of jumped-up pocket calculator!' But as an engineer I have a huge respect for machinery and see things differently. Recognizing that we are machines doesn't demean us at all; it just shows us what astounding and beautiful things machines are capable of. I find it awe-inspiring.

A fantastic interview.

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