I think it is possible for the machine to "think" (if we consider "think" a process of reasoning). We already have that...
But i don't see human kind creating a machine that can feel emotions in the foreseeable future. I think it would be extremely cruel of us to create such a "Frankenstein".
So do neurons in the brain use some form of quantum computations or they just fire action potentials to signal the presence of a particular feature in sensory stimuli? - that process of firing action potential makes us aware of ourselves and the environment. I don't see any quantum processes coming into play here.
Hi, BupeChombaDerrick. Great question and I have to add that I admire your insightful thinking. Since the human brain is self-aware and that particular computer program simulates it *very accurately*, then, of course, that computer program will be self-aware, too. So, the answer is yes. The computer program will be self-aware, have emotions, etc.
According to the article above, IBM has already been able to mimic the brain. It's only one step in the process of becoming self-aware but one step leads to another. It seems silly to me to think that it will not happen someday.
I'm not saying it will have a soul or be human but it will definately be self-aware. My dogs are not human but they are definately self-aware.
It's just a matter of time now that the first step has been taken.
well i used the "simulating the brain" to show that the program can,say, have a conversation with you, can recognize you and hear you. The brain is known to make us self aware so i was thinking that if a program processes sensory inputs as the brain does will that program somehow be aware of it's existence? okay but the simulated brain will be self aware
I get your point but what then makes us self aware? is it not neural computations which can be replicated in a machine? just neurons firing action potentials makes us who we are, what we feel, so
Collin Jasnoch wrote:
Nor does being self aware have anyting to do with processing what we humans deem as inputs.
but can you be aware of something without neurons processing the inputs from your sensory organs. I find it hard to believe that statement, because we are completely oblivious to things not exciting our sensory organs.
There you are, you just used induction to reach that conclusion, so somewhere in your mind neurons were firing action potentials to process that induction process.
Collin Jasnoch wrote:
Maybe we will never know.
So what makes you think computations are not responsible for our ability to be self aware? because you are objecting to the idea that self awareness is caused by mere computations, you cannot just drop this without disproving it first with facts on the table, neither can i disprove your view.
Yeah you have a point, it is not a 1 to 1 issue, but who knows anyways, it might just be, maybe in the future when such experiments are possible and if these comments will be present, our future generations will laugh at our lack of knowledge on the subject matter of self awareness
But i still think a program can be self aware without even needing to be as complex as the human brain.
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