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Roshawn Terrell is a machine learning and AI researcher for Ethicsnet.com. He studies neuroscience, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence. He is a guest-lecturer at Oxford, where he will be leading a research team to look into applying his and colleague's findings to building more sophisticated artificial intelligence.
Elephants might have the necessary capacities for personhood – we just need to help them acquire the cognitive scaffolding
Listen to Don Ross talk about why elephants might not be so different from us. With the only thing possibly differentiating them from of us, are the cognitive scaffolding's we've built. Which have allowed us to store, build, and access knowledge outside of ourselves. As a good friend of mine so eloquently put it 'We are more so our software than we are our hardware'. We are more so the result of our culture, which has been built over thousands of years, by millions of other humans, than the result of our human DNA. A truly feral human, one without any culture, would be very different than a human today.