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EverythingIsParadox
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MeghanFlowers
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My theory on giving a robot human-like consciousness

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Started: 12/6/2016 Category: Technology
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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EverythingIsParadox

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Creating a sentient being based on the biological functions of the human brain.

This is obviously quite a difficult task to achieve. To have sentience is to have the ability to perceive or to feel things. Of course we are talking about an artificial being which can "feel" or portray emotions. How would we even know if it was acting on a true emotional level, or if it were to be mimicking them? What would we look for and how would we look for it? When would it be safe to say, "okay, now it is actually acting upon it's own will, so therefor it is showing it's own individuality"? The real question at hand is how do we actually code emotions into a robot? Perhaps neuromorphic engineering is the way to go. Neuromorphic engineering is an interdisciplinary subject that takes inspiration from biology, physics, mathematics, computer science, and electronic engineering to design artificial neural systems, such as vision systems, head - eye systems, auditory processors, and autonomous robots, whose physical architecture and design principles are based on those biological nervous systems. Should a robot even be allowed to have emotions?Considering they can wipe us out of existence if their mind goes on a rebellious tangent. If a robot in the near future becomes indistinguishable from humans, do they then deserve rights like we have?

I think it would be smart to implement the five main branches of philosophy into a robot (if this is done correctly it may give the robot a better chance of obtaining free will) which are:

Metaphysics - Study of Existence | What's out there?
Epistemology - Study of Knowledge | How do I know about it?
Ethics - Study of Action | What should I do?
Politics - Study of Force | What actions are permissible?
Aesthetics - Study of Art | What can life be like?

Giving a robot consciousness:

I believe that it would be sensible to say, that if something (even if it's a machine) is able to use it's programmed cognition to contemplate it's own existence through the appliance of the five main branches of philosophy in correlation with it's current emotion. I think then it would be safe to say it has consciousness. The key for a robot to have this, is to have the ability to develop, and self - analyze it's own personality and behavior ( to be ultimately self-aware of it's own self). To "know yourself" implies looking at oneself dispassionately without subjectivity. It is the most difficult task a human being can take up since the ego is inseparable and mars any perfect objective vision. In fact, we can't get out of subjectivity even when dealing with externals, let alone an internal look into oneself. We create illusory images about ourselves, and try to live them up which causes great hurdles and dissatisfaction since what we attempt is not compatible with what we really are, and what we really want. This is the key reason why knowing oneself is so important and crucial for one's own >progress< and happiness.

The brain-a-self-adapting complex system- is not amenable to a description by an algorithm. People make a big conceptual mistake regarding the Church - Turing thesis. It was not meant to be applied to the natural world at all, ever. There's a reason Church and Turing said "commutable functions." Mathematicians are well aware that there are functions that are not commutable.

So how do we solve this dilemma?
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Posted by EverythingIsParadox 1 year ago
EverythingIsParadox
I asked many questions throughout the paragraph.
Posted by NeoLit 1 year ago
NeoLit
I'm just wondering, what's the question or big idea?
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