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A Momentary Flow

Evolving Worldviews

Conscious machines are everywhere in popular culture – countless books, films and TV shows are based in a future where humans have robot or computer companions. A world with intelligent machines is something nearly everyone can readily picture and, while we may not know how to create these machines at present, it is generally assumed that we will recognize them if they come around. If a conscious machine were created, the argument goes, it could simply tell us itself. Or if it were sneaky, and chose not to, then we would quickly realize it was in our midst because of the way it acted. However, recent research does nothing to suggest these assumptions are valid. What’s more, we must ask if it will ever be possible to identify conscious machines. If we cannot tell the difference what does that say about our ideas of consciousness itself? (via Hidden Smiles and the Desire of a Conscious Machine)

Conscious machines are everywhere in popular culture – countless books, films and TV shows are based in a future where humans have robot or computer companions. A world with intelligent machines is something nearly everyone can readily picture and, while we may not know how to create these machines at present, it is generally assumed that we will recognize them if they come around. If a conscious machine were created, the argument goes, it could simply tell us itself. Or if it were sneaky, and chose not to, then we would quickly realize it was in our midst because of the way it acted. However, recent research does nothing to suggest these assumptions are valid. What’s more, we must ask if it will ever be possible to identify conscious machines. If we cannot tell the difference what does that say about our ideas of consciousness itself? (via Hidden Smiles and the Desire of a Conscious Machine)

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