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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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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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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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Could an AI be sentient?

In theory, if one could build a computing device that matched or exceeded the cognitive capabilities of a sentient being, it should be possible. (Singlarity adherents believe we will one day be able ...
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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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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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Could an AI be sentient?

Yes, an AI program can become sentient. Ray Kurzweil while giving a lecture at Singularity University on The Accelerating Future stated that human body is basically composed of approximately 23,000 ...
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Could an AI break free form being controlled by us?

No one knows. A useful definition of sentience due to the philosopher Thomas Nagel is 'something it is like' to be. For example, we intuitively feel that there is nothing it is like to be a brick, ...
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Could an AI break free form being controlled by us?

There are already programs that have broken free of our control (Morris worm) so that in itself doesn't imply any great computational demands. Sentience is ill-defined but is certainly not a pre-...
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