Ghost in the Machine

ghost in the machine
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Ghost in the Machine is a phrase coined by the philosopher Gilbert Ryle to pejoratively describe René Descartes‘ view of the mind in relation to the body.

The phrase has been used by Arthur Koester as a book title and also by the pop music group The Police as an album title.

More recently it’s been used by those interested in artificial intelligence (AI), specifically by those wondering if machines may possess consciousness.

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