When does Artificial Intelligence become self aware? This article gives us a glimpse at some of the questions regarding the future of AI.
So, back to the superintelligent AI in the “box” — we watch and wait. Does it begin to philosophize about minds existing in addition to bodies, like Descartes? Does it dream, as in Isaac Asimov’s Robot Dreams? Does it express emotion, like Rachel in Blade Runner? Can it readily understand the human concepts that are grounded in our internal conscious experiences, such as those of the soul or atman?
The age of AI will be a time of soul-searching — both of ours, and for theirs.
Originally published in Scientific American, July 19, 2017