AI Consciousness Test

Check out this fascinating blog post by Susan Schneider and Edwin Turner announcing a new method of detecting machine consciousness. Here is one tantalizing excerpt (edited by us for brevity):

“… could an artificial intelligence (AI) ever have experience, like some of the androids depicted in Westworld or the synthetic beings in Blade Runner? The question is not so far-fetched… As AIs grow more sophisticated, they are projected to take over many human jobs within the next few decades. So we must ponder the question: Could AIs develop conscious experience? *** Based on this essential characteristic of consciousness, we propose a test for machine consciousness, the AI Consciousness Test (ACT), which looks at whether the synthetic minds we create have an experience-based understanding of the way it feels, from the inside, to be conscious.” (Hat tip: John Danaher, via Twitter.)

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