LAS432 What is Reality Course Discussions

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LAS432 What is Reality Course Discussions
The concept of a computer obtaining consciousness is not new. It has been the inspiration for sci-fi writers…

 

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LAS432 What is Reality Course Discussions

LAS432 What is Reality Course Discussions

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The concept of a computer obtaining consciousness is not new. It has been the inspiration for sci-fi writers for years. However, the larger question at play here is whether artificial intelligence can actually be achieved. And if so, what are the ethical implications concerning this advancement. Take a moment to explain the Turing test (discussed in Chapter 1) and its use in determining computer intelligence. In doing so, please address the philosophical idea of the singularity (discussed in Chapter 7) and assess why conscious computers may be essential to the singularity. From what you have read, what are some of the ethical issues generated by AI technology? Do you foresee intelligent robotics being used to deliver services to people?

While AI machines are fantastic for specific uses – the ones given in the textbook of the AI machine that notes when swimmers are in trouble and alerts lifeguards, or when AI machines scan stores for threats of shoplifting.

But all computers are made and programmed by humans.  Even if the AI processes information a thousand times faster than our brains can, they aren’t human.  They don’t have a soul.  They don’t have a sum of experience stored in their brain that makes them react, form an opinion, be passionate about an idea.

The Turing test, by the way, argues that if a person converses with a computer over a network, unknown to the person, on any topic the person chooses, and the computer convinces the person it is human, then the computer has human level intelligence.

The issue with the Turing test, in my opinion, is the human on the other side.  My daughter has high functioning Autism.  She might be convinced of a human far before I would be.  Does the positive test in her case mean AI has been achieved?  I argue, “No”…