Raphaël Millière

Raphaël Millière

I'm the 2020 Robert A. Burt Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience in the Center for Science and Society, and a Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at Columbia University. I previously completed my DPhil (PhD) in philosophy at the University of Oxford, where I worked on self-consciousness.

My interests lie mainly within the philosophy of artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and mind.

I'm currently working on two main research projects:

  1. The capacities and limitations of deep artificial neural networks. I'm interested in gaining a better understanding of artificial neural networks, establishing fair and meaningful comparisons between humans and machines in various domains, and teasing out the implications of recent progress in deep learning for models of human cognition, as well as various issues in ethics and aesthetics. You can watch a short video presentation of that research project here.

  2. The nature and scope of self-representation. I investigate what underlies the capacity to represent oneself as oneself at a fundamental level, in humans and non-human animals; as well as the role that self-representation plays in perception, action, and memory.

I'm also interested in ethical and safety issues related to the development and deployment of AI; philosophical issues related to the relationship between art and technology; issues related to the conceptualization and taxonomy of global states of consciousness, such as post-comatose disorders of consciousness and drug-induced states; and methodological issues regarding the use of first-person reports in neuroscience.

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