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The AI in a Jar


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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.

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