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What are the current theories on the development of a conscious AI?

To answer this question, first we need to know why developing conscious AI is hard. The main reason is that there is no mathematically or otherwise rigorous definition of consciousness. Sure you ...
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Does AI rely on determinism?

I'm going to assume that by free will, you mean something like the philosophical concept of libertarian free will, which is defended by philosophers like Robert Kane. In Libertarian Free Will, ...
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How does one prove comprehension in machines?

This is one of the most important issues in the philosophy of artificial intelligence. The most famous philosophical argument that attempts to address this issue is the Chinese Room argument ...
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Is consciousness necessary for any AI task?

No-one knows. Why: because it's not possible to formally determine even whether your fellow human beings are actually conscious (they may instead be what is philosophically termed a 'Zombie'). No ...
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Could humans hurt a conscious or sentient AI?

The article Children Beating Up Robot Inspires New Escape Maneuver System is based on two research papers about an experiment in a Japanese mall that led to unsupervised children attacking robots. The ...
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What are the current theories on the development of a conscious AI?

What is consciousness? There are some real challenges in setting up consciousness as a goal, because we don't have that much scientific understanding yet of how the brain does it or what balance there ...
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Could humans hurt a conscious or sentient AI?

I suggest you look at all the ways we have tried to stop people from abusing OTHER PEOPLE. There is no ethical grey area here - everyone is clear that this is wrong. And yet people are murdered, raped,...
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What kind of simulated environment is complex enough to develop a general AI?

I think this is one of the best AGI related questions I've see in this forum. I will skip all thematic about "what is an AGI", "simulation game", ... These topics have been discussed during decades ...
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Current limitations to artificial consciousness

It may be helpful to think of consciousness, like intelligence, as a spectrum. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, under the section "Creature Consciousness" (2.1) defines sentience as: ...
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Will an AI ever understand its own functionality?

This is a great question, elements of which I have also been pondering on, though we are very far from being able to actually wrestle with it algorithmically. This question raises all kinds of ...
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Do genetic algorithms and neural networks really think?

Do genetic algorithm and neural networks really think? Genetic algorithms and neural networks are vastly different concepts. Both of them do not think. I'm aware of those AI programmes which can ...
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How does one prove comprehension in machines?

I recently came across a neat definition of understanding in Roger Schank's Dynamic Memory: Basically, you store everything you experience in your memory, but you need to index it in order to be able ...
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How does Lucas's argument work?

Yes, it applies. If a statement cannot be derived in a finite number of steps, then it doesn't matter if the person trying to prove it is a human or a computer. The mathematician has one advantage ...
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Is consciousness necessary for any AI task?

No. The experience of seeing is by definition non-causal. Anything non-causal cannot be a requirement of a physical process; a qualia cannot afford a robot the ability to do something it otherwise ...
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Which fields of AI are actively researching consciousness?

I think we still have a long way to go before any progress is made on artificial consciousness. However, researchers are taking inspiration from traits of human consciousness. One relevant paper is ...
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Does AI rely on determinism?

AI is "deterministic" in the sense that it follows exactly the algorithm. "Deterministic" means different things to a data scientist/programmer, but let's not go into details here. There is no "...
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How will we recognize a conscious machine?

There are two main subjects you need to look at to understand the problem: The Turing Test The Turing test, developed by Alan Turing in 1950, is a test of a machine's ability to exhibit ...
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Can the first emergence of consciousness in evolution be replicated in AI?

Current limitations in our knowledge mean that the question is not directly answerable: There is no scientific consensus on what consciousness is. Therefore any device designed to "be conscious" is ...
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What kind of simulated environment is complex enough to develop a general AI?

I think the most important thing is that it has to have time simulated in some way. Think self aware chatbot. Then to be "self aware" the environment could be data that is fed in through time that can ...
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Does AI rely on determinism?

Although I’m not sure how an act of freewill could even be described (let alone replicated), Well, one popular definition goes like this: [Free will is] the freedom to act according to one's ...
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Do genetic algorithms and neural networks really think?

TL;DR Ignore the hype, current systems (in 2018) are very far removed from human-like "thinking", despite interesting and useful results. State-of-the-art for "thinking and behaving like a creature in ...
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What are the implications of the statement "If you can't tell, does it matter?" in relation to AI?

The question in this video is Are you real? What does this question really mean? Is the guy asking whether the apparent female (I don't know if she is a cyborg or not because I did not yet watch the ...
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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?

Theoretically, there shouldn't be a problem copying either of the artificial brains in any state. Difficulty in measuring a state doesn't seem to really be a problem until you get down to the ...
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Is consciousness necessary for any AI task?

As far as the definition you've provided: actually experiencing sensory input as opposed to just putting a bunch of data through an inanimate machine. Both computers and humans experience sensory ...
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Is consciousness necessary for any AI task?

Let's use a simple test based on common sense: how often do you see a human being solve problems requiring the use of reason when they're unconscious? Yes, you can find instances of geniuses like ...
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How does Lucas's argument work?

After he lays out his argument, he deals with some counterarguments. The following looks like the weakest one to me: We can use the same analogy also against those who, finding a formula their ...
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What kind of simulated environment is complex enough to develop a general AI?

General AI can absolutely exist in a 2D world, just that a generalized AI (defined here as "consistent strength across a set of problems") in this context would still be quite distinct from an ...
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What are the current theories on the development of a conscious AI?

In addition to Jaden's excellent answer "no one is trying to actually make a “conscious” AI because we don’t know what that word means yet" I'd like to add that the word "yet" there is highly ...
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Current limitations to artificial consciousness

By the cognitive science / psychology literature, we don't have a theory of consciousness, or a measure of sentience. By its very nature, "things" like those can only be understood with respect to ...
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