Artificial consciousness in robots: A Sisyphean task

Jun 28, 2018, 8:28 AM EDT
(Source: Jiuguang Wang/flickr)
(Source: Jiuguang Wang/flickr)

Can humans impart artificial consciousness or a soul to robots? The idea stirs up a whirlwind of emotions, of excitement, fear and anticipation, in venturous minds but the science of robotics and AI still remain far from getting anywhere close to this sci-fi bred desire.

The question whether a machine would ever be soulful depends more on the beholder and the definitions they assign to AI and consciousness, reports Futurism. A body of philosopher terms it a question of semantics, arguing that AI professionals are confusing mind with soul, and thus a conceptual shift is required rather than technological leap.

If at all the machines assume consciousness similar to that in humans, will they pursue spirituality- this is the next question, writes Quartz.

TAGS: Robotics
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