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Hardware, Embedded Systems Artificial intelligence is still a long way from delivering the human intelligence in robot form that has long been common in science fiction.
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AI definitions
by Alfman on Sun 24th Jun 2012 05:42 UTC
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In my mind, we've already successfully achieved artificial intelligence for many years now. Everything from everyday automatic sliding doors to computer fingerprint analysis to artificial aircraft pilots are really in the realm of "Artificial Intelligence", that is intelligence from artificial origin.

Some technology may already be more intelligent than average humans, especially within speciality domains.

I think the reasons people are disappointed with AI today are threefold:

1. It's artificial.
This may seem dubious, but many people don't consider computers intelligent BECAUSE their intelligence was programmed by a human. They want to see intelligence from a self learning computer. And I think we're starting to see more progress on that as computers get more powerful.

2. It's virtual.
A computer game clearly can exhibit intelligence, but it's less realistic because it's on screen. Developers are accustomed to abstracting concepts, and I believe we, as developers, can appreciate abstracted intelligence more than a typical person can. If the exact same intelligence found in sophisticated AI could be projected into the real world, it suddenly feels less "artificial".

3. It's not conscious.
The role of consciousness as it relates to AI is poorly understood. The truth is we don't know if any AI can truly be conscious. Sure it could act as though it were conscious, it may even have learned how to act consciously by learning how to emulate humans on it's own, but even then I'd have trouble overlooking the fact that it's just a bunch of sophisticated deterministic algorithms - it can't "feel" anything, can it?

On the other hand, if an alien creature came to earth and claimed to be conscious, most of us wouldn't even second guess that, but how would we know it wasn't lying? If it was sufficiently intelligent, it could easily fool any of us into believing it were conscious.

Perhaps this is what people are looking for with AI, an intelligence that can fool us into believing a computer is conscious.

How exactly would it be possible for an AI to prove it's own consciousness? Sceptics like myself would always point to the code and say that it's *emulating* consciousness without *being* conscious.

Edited 2012-06-24 05:59 UTC

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