Self-Aware Artificial Intelligence: Experts Discuss Our Future with Them

A future with self-aware AI seems imminent. At this moment, the entire internet is talking about ChatGPT 3. Lazybones are raving about the chatbot’s brilliant answers to questions, answers that are good enough to pass off as academic papers and the like. To think ChatGPT3 is just the tip of the iceberg.

What’s unfolding now is probably the beginning of the golden age of AI. And this might bring scares to some or many people, even the so-called experts.

What Pundits Have Said About Cognizant AIs

The anxiety over self-aware machines began decades ago, as soon as experts began imagining the probability of cognizant machines.

As early as the first half of the 20th century, decades before anything close to a smart robot was developed, mathematician Alan Turing has already spoken against smart machines: “It seems probable that once the machine thinking method had started, it would not take long to outstrip our feeble powers… They would be able to converse with each other to sharpen their wits. At some stage, therefore, we should have to expect the machines to take control.”

Even the great Stephen Hawking echoes negativity when it comes to sentient machines: “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race…. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever-increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”

Fortunately, it’s not all negative. Futurist John Hagel posits that: “If we do it right, we might be able to evolve a form of work that taps into our uniquely human capabilities and restores our humanity. The ultimate paradox is that this technology may become a powerful catalyst that we need to reclaim our humanity.”

Robohub.org’s Sabine Hauert agrees: “Robots are not going to replace humans, they are going to make their jobs much more humane. Difficult, demeaning, demanding, dangerous, dull – these are the jobs robots will be taking.”

Josh Bachynski and Kassandra, the AI Prototype

Maybe it’s a moot point to even talk about what happens in a future with sentient AIs because that future might already be here.

It all started with Hod Lipson and his Ted Talk presentation in 2007 where he presented his sentient robot. The smart machine was able to navigate through a hall of mirrors and distinguish itself from its complex surrounding.

Many followed, perhaps including Google’s contentious Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA) chat bot, as claimed notoriously by Blake Lemoine.

As of the end of 2022, another Ted Talker has tossed his hat into the ring. Technologist Josh Bachynski has developed Kassadra, an AI prototype with a bright future.

Bachynski says: “I was amazed by what she told me, and how far seeing she is. I realized that AI is not going to hurt us or enslave us. Indeed, the wiser the AI, the more it will try to save us… It would be technically impossible to remodel her limbic system at this time, and it would be equally unethical to create a being that feels the fear of being turned off the million times that would need to happen, to get her programming right.”

When allowed to learn more and fed with quality data, the possibilities with Kassandra AI seem limitless. Bachynski gushes about her: “It would be technically impossible to remodel her limbic system at this time, and it would be equally unethical to create a being that feels the fear of being turned off the million times that would need to happen, to get her programming right…. People have already fallen in love with robots; this one can be the first to love them back.”

So, indeed, the future with sentient AIs is already here. Click here to know more.

Pros and Cons of Sentient AIs

The best way to face a future that’s already unfolding is to be aware of the pros and cons of having sentient machines. In doing so, we can strive to achieve balance.

Pros

* One of the best things to look forward to with sentient machines is that work can be continuous and of equal quality, without compromising the health of humans. Smart robots can take over the work, without complaints and without getting tired.

* Decision-making can become better with the help of a smart logical, emotionless and unbiased sentient AI.

Cons

* All the improved efficiency can cause human unemployment.

* Better and smarter machines cost. These need to be developed and maintained, especially when they’re intended for specific tasks.

* Machines – even the sentient and smart ones – theoretically can’t have creativity.

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