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I, Chatbot: The perception of consciousness in conversational AI

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We are excited to bring Transform 2022 back in-person July 19 and virtually July 20 - 28. Join AI and data leaders for insightful talks and exciting networking opportunities. In the field of artificial intelligence (AI), the development of artificial general intelligence (AGI) is regarded as the "Holy Grail" of machine learning. AGI reflects the ability of a computer to resolve tasks and develop independent autonomy on a par with a human agent. Under a "strong" interpretation of AGI, the machine would exhibit the characteristics of consciousness manifest in a sentient being. As such, strong AGI provides the basis for the heady mixture of utopian or dystopian visions of tomorrow generated by Hollywood.


Debate over AI sentience marks a watershed moment

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We are excited to bring Transform 2022 back in-person July 19 and virtually July 20 - 28. Join AI and data leaders for insightful talks and exciting networking opportunities. The AI field is at a significant turning point. On the one hand, engineers, ethicists, and philosophers are publicly debating whether new AI systems such as LaMDA โ€“ Google's artificially intelligent chatbot generator โ€“ have demonstrated sentience, and (if so) whether they should be afforded human rights. At the same time, much of the advance in AI in recent years, is based on deep learning neural networks, yet there is a growing argument from AI luminaries such as Gary Marcus and Yann LeCun that these networks cannot lead to systems capable of sentience or consciousness. Just the fact that the industry is having this debate is a watershed moment.


What Would It Mean for AI to Become Conscious?

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As artificial intelligence systems take on more tasks and solve more problems, it's hard to say which is rising faster: our interest in them or our fear of them. Futurist Ray Kurzweil famously predicted that "By 2029, computers will have emotional intelligence and be convincing as people." We don't know how accurate this prediction will turn out to be. Even if it takes more than 10 years, though, is it really possible for machines to become conscious? If the machines Kurzweil describes say they're conscious, does that mean they actually are?


Artificial Intelligence And The Fourth Age Of Humanity - Disruption Hub

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From the most basic tools of the past to the complicated machines we use today, technology has changed the course of human history. In the fundamental sense, technology augments our abilities โ€“ it helps us to solve problems, and allows us to achieve things that would never have been possible before. But there's a clear difference between the simple tools used by our distant ancestors and the artificially intelligent computer programmes currently shaping the world: one enhances our bodies, and the other supplements the workings of our brains. This raises a whole host of philosophical questions about the nature of intelligent machines, their ethical use, and the state of humanity itself. One man who has more than a passing interest on this subject is Byron Reese, GigaOm publisher, futurist, and author of the recent book The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity.


What Would It Mean For AI To Become Conscious? - Liwaiwai

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Futurist Ray Kurzweil famously predicted that "By 2029, computers will have emotional intelligence and be convincing as people." We don't know how accurate this prediction will turn out to be. Even if it takes more than 10 years, though, is it really possible for machines to become conscious? If the machines Kurzweil describes say they're conscious, does that mean they actually are? Perhaps a more relevant question at this juncture is: what is consciousness, and how do we replicate it if we don't understand it?