Does AI have a soul?

Meghan O’Gieblyn

Photo illustration by Mark Riechers/Firefly (Original image via Meghan O’Gieblyn)

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Does AI have a fundamentally different kind of intelligence than the human mind? Essayist Meghan O’Gieblyn is fascinated by this question. The author of "God Human Animal Machine," she’s one of the most acute observers of the whole world of AI. O’Gieblyn's investigation into machine intelligence became a very personal journey, which made her wonder about her own creativity as a writer and even led her down the rabbit hole into questions about the soul and the nature of transcendence.

Meghan lives just a few miles from our studio in Madison, Wisconsin, so Steve Paulson went over to her house to talk about AI and the worlds it's opened up for us.