Raphaël Millière

Raphaël Millière

I'm the Robert A. Burt Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience at Columbia University. I previously completed my DPhil (PhD) in philosophy at the University of Oxford, where I worked on self-consciousness.

My interests lie mainly within the philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence.

I'm currently working on two main research projects:

  1. The capacities of deep artificial neural networks. I'm interested in gaining a better understanding of artificial neural networks, establishing fair and meaningful comparisons between humans and machines in various domains, and teasing out the implications of recent progress in deep learning for models of human cognition.

  2. The nature and scope of self-representation. I investigate what underlies the capacity to represent oneself as oneself at a fundamental level, in humans and non-human animals; as well as the role that self-representation plays in perception, action, and memory.

I'm also interested in issues related to the conceptualization and taxonomy of global states of consciousness, such as post-comatose disorders of consciousness and drug-induced states; methodological issues regarding the use of first-person reports in neuroscience; and philosophical issues related to the relationship between art and technology.

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