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AI and theoretical discussions about consciousness seem to be popular these days.
I have a very clear-cut view of what conscious AI is, but I've noticed the news articles covering the topic are somewhat.. on the surface in their approach.
Which got me wondering: what does the community here think?
My opinion can be summarized into 2 key point:
- there's no measurable distinction between natural and artificial
- as a result, human consciousness is the primary example of what you would call conscious AI
The main practical difference, is that human consciousness is running electrical signals on top of a amalgamation of est. 37.2 trillion cells; AI is running electrical signals on an non-reactive silicon substrate.
The main functional difference, is that humans are trained in observation, to copy the behavior of other humans. Given the size of our data set (7 billion?) and the time it takes us to get good at complex tasks (21 years for the best of us, 30+ for others?) I feel like we're pretty quick to dismiss our software and CPU based counterparts as less capable.
When I look outside, I see people smarter than my Roomba, sure. But the gap doesn't seem too huge.