Kas 282015

Can robots be conscious?

Robert Lawrence Kuhn asks the same question with a different point of view in his article published in www.space.com : “When Robots Colonize the Cosmos, Will They Be Conscious?”

Can robots be conscious?

From the film I, Robot

So he assumes that robots will conquer cosmos instead of biological beings. He says, “The first colonizers of the cosmos will be robots, not humans. At some point, they will become self-replicating robots that construct multiple versions of themselves from the raw materials of alien worlds.”

I’m not sure of this assumption. Maybe a hybrid solution is possible. Or, there might be some conscious biological entities that can live in extreme conditions. In such a case there will be no need to robots to colonize the cosmos for the benefit of them.

Before we talk about the details of the colonization of the cosmos, we should ask the famous paradoxical question of Fermi: “Where are these aliens?”

If “the colonization of the cosmos” is a possibility, then it should have been completed until now. Because the required total time is not very long considering the age of the universe. (It is estimated 3.75 million years for a complete colonization: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/life-unbounded/mass-effect-solves-the-fermi-paradox/)

If you are interested in these kinds of topics then you should read the article: http://www.space.com/30937-when-robots-colonize-cosmos-will-they-be-conscious.html?cmpid=514630_20151107_54648356&adbid=10153144907361466&adbpl=fb&adbpr=17610706465.

I hope you will find some answers to your personal questions.

Ahmet Aksoy


Tem 202015

Robots show a degree of self-awareness

Finally a robot passed a self-awareness test.

Robots show a degree of self-awareness

Photo: RAIR Lab

The test performed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. They built 3 robots which were aware of their limitations.

The test is based on a known story of the three wise men and the king.

In the story, the king called the three wisest men in his kingdom. He placed a white or blue hat on the head of each wise men. They didn’t know the color of the hat on their own head. They didn’t allowed to talk. The first man who knew his hat’s color, would become the new adviser of the king.

The three robots played the roles of the wise men.

Two of them were programmed not to be able to speak. The third one was able to talk. Then they were asked to say which one could speak.

In the following video you can watch the test.

This development might be a very small one. But it shows that self-awareness could be programmed. Artificial intelligence is passing over the limits one by one.

Maybe we will see them as citizens in the near future.

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