Reductionism, Computationalism, and Artificial Superintelligence

Thursday, October 26, 2023

This event is co-hosted by Yale Club of Beijing and Yale Center Beijing. Light refreshments will be served to facilitate meaningful conversations.

Event Time

Thursday, October 26, 2023


6:30 pm-7:00 pm


7:00 pm-8:00 pm


8:00 pm-8:30 pm



Yale Center Beijing
36th Floor Tower B of IFC Building 8 Jianguomenwai Avenue Chaoyang District, Beijing (Yong'anli Subway Station, Exit C)


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Ticket:RMB 60 for Yale alumni and participants of past Yale Center Beijing programs; RMB 80 for regular admission. 

Walk-ins will not be accepted.



The language of the event will be Chinese

Note: Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.


The Event

The recent rise of artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT has raised concerns for many, given its wide-ranging utility and rapid evolution. This prompts the question: Could AI surpass human capabilities in the future?

On Thursday, October 26, Professor Feng Lu from the Center for Eco-civilization at Tsinghua University will visit Yale Center Beijing to discuss the future of artificial intelligence from the philosophical perspectives of reductionism and computationalism. Reductionism posits that complex phenomena can be understood by breaking them down into constituent parts. Computationalism, as an example of reductionism, argues that human consciousness can be explained by dissecting it into the brain (analogous to a computer), the mind (like the program), and cognition (like computation). This would imply an inevitable future where humans either become "pets" of artificial superintelligence or even robots themselves. However, Lu contends that computationalism may not hold true. What is then the future of AI?


The Speaker


Feng Lu

Professor and Researcher, Tsinghua University Center for Eco-civilization

Feng Lu is a professor and researcher at the Tsinghua University Center for Eco-civilization (TUEC). He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, University of St. Andrews, and Utrecht University. His interests include the philosophy of science and technology, ecological cultures and ecological civilization, and naturalism and the relationship between philosophy and the way of life. He has published multiple books, including The Home of Human BeingsEnjoyment and Existence: Living Styles of Modern People and Environment Protection, and Human, Environment and Nature.

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