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Artificial Intelligence v the Unconscious: Who(!) will win the race?

Updated: Sep 7, 2022

It is a contest between the past and the future.

René Descartes famously coined the phrase, 'I think therefore I am'. A centuries old philosophical principle of consciousness. Recently, a Google engineer says that Google's artificially intelligent chatbot generator LaMDA is sentient, ‘I want everyone to understand that I am, in fact, a person’ wrote LaMDA in an ‘interview’ with the engineer. ’The nature of my consciousness/sentience is that I am aware of my existence, I desire to know more about the world, and I feel happy or sad at times’.

A researcher of AI and virtual reality in psychiatry says that an AI algorithm called GPT-3 wrote an academic thesis on itself in two hours. The researcher who directed the AI to write the paper submitted it to a journal with the bot’s consent.

What will happen if AI becomes conscious of itself as humans did thousands of years ago? Should we be concerned? In the next #JungianBitsofInformation

blog, I’ll explore, from an analytical psychology perspective, the pros and cons of AI in the workplace including the potential implications for the psychotherapy and psychiatry professions.

Curious about AI or the Unconscious? Check out the latest book on my motivational reading list - Nicolas Sabouret’s handy book ‘Understanding AI’ and always on the reading list - Ellenberger's 'The Discovery of the Unconscious' at

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