Douglas Campbell

Dr Doug Campbell is a senior lecturer in Philosophy. He also has a Computer Science degree. His research interests include the Philosophy of Mind, where questions about machine consciousness loom large, and the Philosophy of Inductive Reasoning, which ties in directly to the design of machine intelligence. He has a particular interest in a machine-based theory of inductive reasoning proposed by Ray Solomonoff. He teaches a course on the philosophy of technology, which, among other things, probes the control problem (how, if we achieve human-level AI, do we stop it taking over the world?), and the threat of technological unemployment (how, if we achieve human-level AI, do we prevent virtually all human workers being laid off and replaced by robots?). He is himself fascinated by these questions. 

For more information about Doug’s research, please visit his University of Canterbury research page.