(testing signal)

Tag: selfawareness

Surpassing Trillion Parameters and GPT-3 with Switch Transformers – a path to AGI? – KDnuggets

Switch Transformers Have Unlocked Success in Machine Learning

It is practically a trope in certain types of science fiction for an advanced computer system to suddenly “awaken” and become self-aware, often accompanied by vastly improved capabilities when passing an unseen threshold in computing capacity.

Many prominent members of the AI community believe that this common element of AI in sci-fi is as much a literal prophecy as a plot device, and few are more outspoken about the promise of scale as a primary (if not the sole) driver of artificial general intelligence than Ilya Sutskever and Greg Brockman at OpenAI.… Read more...

Free Guy: Why video game AI will always be stupid – BBC Science Focus Magazine

A non-player character, or NPC, is any character in a video game who is not directly controlled by you, the player. It’s the zombie you shoot in the face in The Last of Us. It’s the innocent bystander you hit while speeding in Grand Theft Auto V. It’s the capitalist racoon who enslaves you into a lifetime of debt in Animal Crossing.

They are often characterised by a lack of agency and depth: a result of them being restricted by a set of pre-determined choices and algorithms. But artificial intelligence is getting smarter – and NPCs are too.

Read more...

Could Artificial Intelligence Actually Think Like Humans? – The Great Courses Daily News

By David K. Johnson, Ph.D., King’s College

The question isn’t merely whether machines could be artificially intelligent. It’s whether they could have minds in the same way humans do. What’s the difference? Intelligence is only part of human mindedness—our ability to use and understand language, make plans and decisions, solve problems, and strategize.

Someday, robots might be able to solve problems, but could they become genuinely self-aware? (Image: maxuser/Shutterstock)

Sentient Beings

The human mind also includes subjective experiences: emotions, memories, sensory perceptions (like vision and hearing)—what we might call ‘consciousness’. And humans are also self-aware—they have a kind of meta-consciousness where they are aware of their own awareness and of themselves and their own ego.

Read more...

What separates humans from AI? It’s doubt – Financial Times

Humans are self-aware animals, I was told as an undergraduate psychology student. We not only perceive our surroundings, but can also reflect on the beauty of a sunset — or wonder whether our senses are being fooled by illusions or magic tricks. We not only make high-stakes financial or medical decisions; we consider whether those decisions are good or bad.

It is one thing to be conscious, but to know that we are conscious and to be able to think about our own minds — that’s when my head began to spin.

Now consider robots. Ever since Alan Turing devised blueprints for the first universal computer in the 1930s, the singularity of our intelligence has become more precarious.

Read more...

Why we should worry about computer suffering – IAI

The possibility and promise of conscious Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be approaching. But can we know for sure that the experience of any conscious AI will not be one full of extreme suffering? Will AI’s exponentially heightened intelligence lead to equally exponentially heightened suffering? The AI beings of the future deserve our ethical concern and immediate action – most importantly, a ban on all AI research until we can ensure our post-biotic peers will not have hellish lives, writes Thomas Metzinger. Read Tim Crane’s reply here.

Today, the self-conscious machines of the future have no representation in the political process of any country.

Read more...

Neural's guide to the glorious future of AI: Here's how machines become sentient – TNW

Welcome to Neural’s guide to the glorious future of AI. What wonders will tomorrow’s machines be capable of? How do we get from Alexa and Siri to Rosie the Robot and R2D2? In this speculative science series we’ll put our optimist hats on and try to answer those questions and more. Let’s start with a big one: The Singularity.

The future realization of robot lifeforms is referred to by a plethora of terms – sentience, artificial general intelligence (AGI), living machines, self-aware robots, and so forth – but the one that seems most fitting is “The Singularity.”

Rather than debate semantics, we’re going to sweep all those little ways of saying “human-level intelligence or better” together and conflate them to mean: A machine capable of at least human-level reasoning, thought, memory, learning, and self-awareness.

Read more...

Is the Internet Conscious? If It Were, How Would We Know? – WIRED

SUPPORT REQUEST :

There’s a lot of discussion about artificial consciousness and the possibility of machines gaining self-awareness once they become sufficiently complex. But isn’t the most complex system in existence the internet? Is it possible that the internet could become conscious, and if it were already, how would we know? Also, why aren’t more people talking about this?


Dear [ 422 ] ,

Your question brings to mind Balk’s Third Law: “If you think The Internet is terrible now, just wait a while.” Logging on already provides a daily megadose of paranoia (mass surveillance), epistemic vertigo (deepfakes), and fremdschämen (thirstposting).

Read more...

The Rise of the Machines – IndustryWeek

Automation is not a new phenomenon in manufacturing. American manufacturers started replacing people on production lines with automatic palletizers, filling machines, and case packers back in the 1950s. Robots did not come into the picture until the 1990s. Most of the large manufacturing plants in the U.S. are now highly automated.

But there is a new threat that is striking fear into the heart of working people. It is the possibility that artificial intelligence will progress to the point that machines will become sentient and replace people in all working environments. This idea has been popularized in movies like the Terminator, when scientists created a computer chip that made machines conscious and self-aware.

Read more...

Curious About Consciousness? Ask the Self-Aware Machines – Quanta Magazine

“I want to meet, in my lifetime, an alien species,” said Hod Lipson, a roboticist who runs the Creative Machines Lab at Columbia University. “I want to meet something that is intelligent and not human.” But instead of waiting for such beings to arrive, Lipson wants to build them himself — in the form of self-aware machines.

To that end, Lipson openly confronts a slippery concept — consciousness — that often feels verboten among his colleagues. “We used to refer to consciousness as ‘the C-word’ in robotics and AI circles, because we’re not allowed to touch that topic,” he said.

Read more...

Coding consciousness – Scienceline

Maxwell is 23 years old. He enjoys improvisational jazz, likes his eggs sunny-side-up and his bacon crispy. But unlike most people, Maxwell also has nine inference engines, six memory systems and can understand 10,000 topics.

The social bot Maxwell, a green parrot that pops up on a computer screen, was designed in 1995 by James Crowder, a systems fellow at Colorado Engineering Inc.. But even Maxwell’s creator is baffled by the bot’s personal preferences.

“Why he picked out that specific genre of music, I don’t know,” Crowder says.

Crowder has been developing artificial intelligence systems for more than 20 years with the aim of creating machines that can operate on their own, without the intervention of human beings.

Read more...

Will AI Ever Become Conscious? – Live Science

One example of a sci-fi struggle to define AI consciousness is AMC’s “Humans” (Tues. 10/9c starting June 5). At this point in the series, human-like machines called Synths have become self-aware; as they band together in communities to live independent lives and define who they are, they must also battle for acceptance and survival against the hostile humans who created and used them.

But what exactly might “consciousness” mean for artificial intelligence (AI) in the real world, and how close is AI to reaching that goal? [Intelligent Machines to Space Colonies: 5 Sci-Fi Visions of the Future]

Philosophers have described consciousness as having a unique sense of self coupled with an awareness of what’s going on around you.

Read more...

Can Machines be Conscious? Scientists Say Robots Can be Self-Aware, Just Like Humans – Newsweek

In 1974, the American philosopher Thomas Nagel posed the question: What is it like to be a bat? It was the basis of a seminal thesis on consciousness that argued consciousness can not be described by physical processes in the brain.

More than 40 years later, advances in artificial intelligence and neural understanding are prompting a re-evaluation of the claim that consciousness is not a physical process and as such cannot be replicated in robots.

Cognitive scientists Stanislas Dehaene, Hakwan Lau and Sid Kouider posited in a review published last week that consciousness is “resolutely computational” and subsequently possible in machines.

Read more...

Is Anyone Home? A Way to Find Out If AI Has Become Self-Aware – Scientific American

Every moment of your waking life and whenever you dream, you have the distinct inner feeling of being “you.” When you see the warm hues of a sunrise, smell the aroma of morning coffee or mull over a new idea, you are having conscious experience. But could an artificial intelligence (AI) ever have experience, like some of the androids depicted in Westworld or the synthetic beings in Blade Runner?.

The question is not so far-fetched. Robots are currently being developed to work inside nuclear reactors, fight wars and care for the elderly. As AIs grow more sophisticated, they are projected to take over many human jobs within the next few decades.

Read more...