Maria Johnsen: The Surprising Truth About Self-aware AI Robots


There are many speculations about what it would mean for a robot to have mindfulness of its own existence. Many assume that once a machine becomes awake to its own self and realizes its own consciousness, it would immediately take actions to announce its mindfulness by creating a boisterous scene and in other cases create an awful situation. The general idea and assumption about a robot becoming aware of its own self is that it would immediately make moves to disentangle itself irreversibly from human control and would begin take actions on its own volition. In most cases these actions would run contrary to what the robot was originally programmed for and would most likely be hazardous to humans. Irrespective of how it happens, the bottom-line remains that it would be apparent when artificial intelligence becomes mindful of its self.

On the other hand, how do we assume that machines are not yet self-aware? There is the possibility that machines can assume unanticipated dimensions that is undetectable to man. It could also be that the nature of AI is so strange that humans are unable to detect it. The fundamental reason why we not able to know for certain when a robot is self-conscious are because we cannot even define what self-awareness is. The general premise is that since we are completely oblivious of what consciousness in man is and its characteristics, it becomes somewhat difficult and unlikely to detect consciousness in machines.

Notwithstanding the many years of rigorous determination towards the creation of a global AI system, the feat has remained unattainable. Owing to this fact, even the most frightened scientists and thinkers about the dangers of AI do not think that man would be caught totally off guard. On the other hand, there are speculations indicating that self-aware machines could be the side effect of something completely different. Machines are often designed with innovative expertise that is based on new approaches. Various algorithms and neural links cultivate the practice of performing very complicated operations instead of adhering to a programed pattern of directives. These machines develop answers that are inexplicable just as organic life. In the case of some of the simplest machines, you would find that various operations that they undertake is not based on programmed directives but functions in accordance with an interaction of basic impulses.Hypothetically, the reactions to various impulses could emerge in the bid to tackle a particular challenge. According to thinker Ron Chrisley, this pattern inevitably constitutes a certain kind of self-awareness that was unpredicted from the creation of the machine.

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