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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

'Consciousness' in Robots Was Once Taboo. Now It's the Last Word

As we get closer, how scary might it get?   Regulation needed,  varying by use context.  

'Consciousness' in Robots Was Once Taboo. Now It's the Last Word

The New York Times

Oliver Whang, January 6, 2023

The concept of artificial consciousness has evolved from an unmentionable word to the premiere focus of the robotics community, as experts like Columbia University's Hod Lipson aim to create conscious robots. The first challenge is defining what consciousness is. Lipson and Duke University's Boyuan Chen have created a self-aware two-jointed arm fixed to a table, which used cameras to observe itself as it moved, and learned to distinguish itself via a deep learning algorithm and a probability model. The University of California, Riverside's Eric Schwitzgeber said a lack of certainty about what consciousness is could present difficulties if an apparently conscious robot can be created. ... '

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