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A TURING TESET FOR FREE WILL
SETH LLOYD
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, MIT
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012

LECTURE ABSTRACT

For thousands of years, human beings have asked whether free will is possible in a deterministic universe.  This talk investigates the role of determinism and randomness in free will, and shows that even when our decisions arise from a completely deterministic decision-making process the outcomes of that process are intrinsically unpredictable -- especially to ourselves.  I propose a `Turing test' for free will: a decision maker -- human, computer, or smart phone -- who passes this test will tend to believe that she, he, or it possesses free will, whether the world is deterministic or not. 


See Seth's Research Article in Phil Trans for more detail:

Research article: A Turing test for free will
Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A July 28, 2012 370 1971 3597-3610; 1471-2962

SETH LLOYD BIO

Seth Lloyd was the first person to develop a realizable model for quantum computation and is working with a variety of groups to construct and operate quantum computers and quantum communication systems. His research focuses on the role of information in complex systems, including the quantum mechanics of living systems ('quantum life'), economics, and cosmology. Dr. Lloyd is the author of over a hundred scientific papers, and of Programming the Universe, (Knopf, 2004). He is currently Professor of Quantum Mechanical Engineering at MIT and the director of the W.M. Keck Center for Extreme Quantum Information Theory (xQIT).



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