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The recent rise of artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT has raised concerns for many, given its wide-ranging utility and rapid evolution. This prompts the question: Could AI surpass human capabilities in the future?

On Thursday, October 26, Professor Feng Lu from the Center for Eco-civilization at Tsinghua University will visit Yale Center Beijing to discuss the future of artificial intelligence from the philosophical ideas of reductionism and computationalism. Reductionalism posits that complex phenomena can be understood by breaking them down into constituent parts. Computationalism, as an example of reductionism, argues that human consciousness can be explained by dissecting it into the brain (analogous to a computer), the mind (like the program), and cognition (like computation). If computationalism were accurate, it would imply an inevitable future where humans either become "pets" of artificial superintelligence or even robots themselves. However, Lu contends that computationalism may not hold true.


  • Feng Lu (Professor and researcher at Tsinghua University Center for Eco-civilization)

    Feng Lu

    Professor and researcher at Tsinghua University Center for Eco-civilization

    Feng Lu is a professor and researcher at the Tsinghua University Center for Eco-civilization (TUEC). He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, University of St. Andrews, and Utrecht University. His interests include the philosophy of science and technology, ecological cultures and ecological civilization, and naturalism and the relationship between philosophy and the way of life.

    He has published multiple books, including The Home of Human Beings, Enjoyment and Existence: Living Styles of Modern People and Environment Protection, and Human, Environment and Nature.

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Regular Admission
Standard Price RMB 80
Alumni & Students
Standard Price RMB 60
Friends of YCB

for participants of YCB's previous programs

Standard Price RMB 60


Yale Center Beijing

36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong'anli Station, Exit C)
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue
Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

Beijing, China

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