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Dr. Geoffrey Simmons On Human Design — and Re-Creating It in Robots

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1284
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Geoffrey Simmons
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00:15:12
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On this episode of ID the Future, author and physician Geoffrey Simmons joins host Andrew McDiarmid in a wide-ranging discussion of his new book, Are We Here to Re-Create Ourselves: The Convergence of Designs. From the foresight needed in the design of eyes, to our stereoscopic and redundant hearing systems, to the mysteries of design in the nervous and circulatory systems, signs of engineered design are everywhere in the human body.

And humans are mimicking some of those designs now through humanoid robots, which we’re making ever more like ourselves — in appearance, that is. Will robots ever experience empathy or other feelings, or develop a genuine sense of humor? Will robots have souls? Simmons offers his opinion on the matter, and sounds a cautionary note: as robots advance and become more powerful, their goodness or badness will depend on its human programmer.

Geoffrey Simmons

Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Geoffrey Simmons (BS in biology, coursework completed for MS in microbiology, University of Illinois; M.D., University of Illinois Medical School; Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, LAC-USC Medical Center; Boarded in Internal Medicine since 1974) is a licensed and practicing physician in Eugene, OR, as well as an author and lecturer. President of the American Academy of Disaster Medicine and a member of the Board of Governors of the Sacred Heart Medical Center's Emergency Preparedness Committee, he is the author of six novels and of the books What Darwin Didn't Know (Harvest Publishers, 2004) and Billions of Missing Links (Harvest Publishers, 2007). He has lectured on disaster preparedness on radio and television as well as at many neighborhood associations and high schools, and has been a medical correspondent for KABC in Los Angeles and KUGN in Eugene, a guest on the Steve Allen show, and has made numerous radio appearances related to his writings.
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artificial intelligence (AI)
circulatory system
consciousness
ears
empathy
eyes
Free Will
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humanoid robots
humor
Intelligent Design
nervous system
optical nerve
Ray Kurzweil
robots
singularity
soul
space travel
spark of life
suspended animation
vision
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