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Will there ever be a conscious robot?
Posted: 11 June 2013 10:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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Mike Yohe - 10 June 2013 09:12 PM

You just described every animal on earth.

I assume that you are referring to my statement “...they essentially would be a different life form, from us, with different lifespans, probably significantly different courses of development, different perceptual abilities, a different history, etc. ...”

True.  But, conscious robots, I think, could be on par or superior to us in terms of sentience.  The other differences that I suggested (above) between humans and them could be even more pronounced than the differences that we have with other animals.  Another fundamental difference would likely be in their manner of reproduction.  All of these differences might make them less prone to fall prey to religious thinking. Or, as Vyazma suggests, if religious thinking did become a problem for them, a programming fix might take care of it.

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Posted: 11 June 2013 11:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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TimB - 11 June 2013 10:53 AM

But, conscious robots, I think, could be on par or superior to us in terms of sentience.  The other differences that I suggested (above) between humans and them could be even more pronounced than the differences that we have with other animals.

How about differences between us? Could more intelligent people be “more aware” than the less intelligent ones?

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Posted: 11 June 2013 12:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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George - 11 June 2013 11:25 AM
TimB - 11 June 2013 10:53 AM

But, conscious robots, I think, could be on par or superior to us in terms of sentience.  The other differences that I suggested (above) between humans and them could be even more pronounced than the differences that we have with other animals.

How about differences between us? Could more intelligent people be “more aware” than the less intelligent ones?

Well, that depends on our definitions of intelligence and awareness.  For example a four year old with an IQ of 150 could be less aware of what’s going on in the world than an adult with an IQ of 80.  Also, a person with an IQ of 180 could be so intensely focused on one area that he/she is generally less aware of life than a person with a normal IQ.  But all in all, generlly speaking, I woulld expect that “intelligence” can give an advantage in “awareness”.

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Posted: 17 June 2013 03:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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How do we refer to the robots, do we say, (he, she, or it)?
And do you think the IRS will let us claim robot as a dependent?

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Posted: 17 June 2013 08:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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They will tell us what to call them.  Or ELSE!

Assuming they bother communicating with us.  LOL

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