Questions tagged [artificial-consciousness]

For questions related to artificial consciousness (aka synthetic consciousness or machine consciousness). Largely synonymous with "Self Awareness", but restricted to engineered artifacts (AIs).

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How does one prove comprehension in machines?

Say we have a machine and we give it a task to do (vision task, language task, game, etc.), how can one prove that a machine actually know's what's going on/happening in that specific task? To narrow ...
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What are the implications of the statement "If you can't tell, does it matter?" in relation to AI?

"If you can't tell, does it matter?" was one of the first lines of dialogue of the Westworld television series, presented as a throwaway in the first episode of the first season, in response ...
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"AI will kill us all! The machines will rise up!" - what is being done to dispel such myths?

Science Fiction has frequently shown AI to be a threat to the very existence of mankind. AI systems have often been the antagonists in many works of fiction, from 2001: A Space Odyssey through to The ...
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Should awareness of the existence of the AI designer be embedded in the AI consciousness?

Should awareness of the existence of the AI designer be embedded in the AI consciousness itself? Would are the risks and implications of not doing so?
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Developmental systems that try to explain or understand the reward value in the reinforcement learning?

Are there methods (possibly logical or (how they are called in the literature) relational) that allows for the developmental systems to understand or explain the value of the received reward during ...
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Can $\Phi$ measure of Integrated Information Theory serve as reward for reinforcement learning system?

Can $\Phi$ measure (computed rigorously or approximately) of Integrated Information Theory serve as reward for self-evolving/learning reinforcement learning system and hence we let this system to ...
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How agent's reasoning skills can improve its reinforcement learning?

Agent can have reasoning skills (prediction, taking calculated guesses, etc.) and those skills can help reinforcement learning of this agent. Of course, reinforcement learning itself can help to ...
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Which fields of AI are actively researching consciousness?

Max Tegmark discusses the topic of consciousness in his book Life 3.0 and comes to the conclusion, that consciousness is substrate independent. If his analysis is correct, it should be possible to ...
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How would a quantum computer potentially facilitate artificial consciousness, assuming it is possible?

How would a quantum computer potentially facilitate artificial consciousness, assuming it is possible?
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Complex systems constituting an entity unto itself

Introduction: The notion that various social complex systems (e.g. society, family, business company, state, etc) could be regarded as ones exhibiting consistent traits of behaviour of their own - ...
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Do genetic algorithms and neural networks really think? [closed]

I'm aware of those AI systems that can play games and neural networks that can identify pictures. But are they really thinking? Do they think like humans? Do they have consciousness? Or are they just ...
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Is the emergence of the field "psychology of artificial intelligence" necessary? [closed]

Is the emergence of a subfield of psychology, "psychology of artificial intelligence", possible and necessary? If so, what questions it will address and will try to solve? Possibly, it could also ...
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Can neural network take decision about its own weights (update of weights)?

Can neural network take decision about its own weights (update of weights) during training phase or during the phase of parallel training and inference? When one region of hierarchical NN takes ...
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Does AI rely on determinism?

I don’t believe in free will, but most people do. Although I’m not sure how an act of free will could even be described (let alone replicated), is libertarian freewill something that is considered for ...
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How important is consciousness for making advanced artificial intelligence? [closed]

How important is consciousness and self-consciousness for making advanced AIs? How far away are we from making such? When making e.g. a neural network there's (very probably) no consciousness within ...
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How important will statistical learning be to a conscious AI?

Deep learning is based on getting a large number of samples and essentially making statistical deductions and outputting probabilities. On the other hand, we have formal programming languages, like ...
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does human digital consciousness counts as artificial consciousness?

If there is a game that able to copy human consciousness and make it live in the game. Does this count as a digital human with artificial intelligence?
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How will we recognize a conscious machine?

How will we recognize a conscious machine (or AI)? Is there any consciousness test? For example, if a machine is aware of its previous experiences, can it be considered conscious?
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What kind of simulated environment is complex enough to develop a general AI?

Imagine trying to create a simulated virtual environment that is complicated enough to create a "general AI" (which I define as a self aware AI) but is as simple as possible. What would this minimal ...
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What are the current theories on the development of a conscious AI?

What are the current theories on the development of a conscious AI? Is anyone even trying to develop a conscious AI? Is it possible that consciousness is an emergent phenomenon, that is, once we put ...
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Can the first emergence of consciousness in evolution be replicated in AI?

At some point in time during the evolution, because of some factors, some beings first started to become conscious of themselves and their surroundings. That conscious experience is beyond some mere ...
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Current limitations to artificial consciousness [closed]

With some knowledge of machine learning and deep learning, it seems very unlikely for AI to develop into the consciousness that we imagine. To me, consciousness requires a new framework that is very ...
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Can we create a conscious agent by having two units: one rational and the other conscious?

Suppose we create two units (or programs) that run in parallel and we label them as a cognitive unit and the conscious cognitive unit. A human has two units analogously. A rational analyzer and not ...
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Will an AI ever understand its own functionality?

Assuming I have a quite advanced AI with consciousness which can understand the basics of electronics and software structures. Will it ever be able to understand that its consciousness is just some ...
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If we achieve sentience using mutable hardware, will it be possible to make a copy of that "brain" and its active state?

Hardware comes in two forms, basically: immutable, such as RAM, and mutable, such as FPGAs. In animals, neurological connections gain in strength by changing the physical structure of the brain. This ...
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Could humans hurt a conscious or sentient AI?

If a conscious AI is possible, would it also be possible for someone who knows what they are doing to torture (or hurt) the AI? Could this be avoided? How? This question deals with computer-based AI, ...
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Is consciousness necessary for any AI task?

Consciousness is challenging to define, but for this question let's define it as "actually experiencing sensory input as opposed to just putting a bunch of data through an inanimate machine." Humans, ...
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How does Lucas's argument work?

In Minds, Machines and Gödel (1959), J. R. Lucas shows that any human mathematician can not be represented by an algorithmic automaton (a Turing Machine, but any computer is equivalent to it by the ...
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