|ASIMO, Honda's robot.|
A couple of months ago a New York robot passed a test which is known as the King's Wise Men puzzle. This puzzle acts a method for detecting self-awareness. The test was adapted for 3 robots. The robots were told that they had been given a dumbing pill that prevented them from talking. They were then asked which of them could talk.
Initially all the robot's claimed not to know the answer to the puzzle until a single robot piped up after hearing its own voice and said 'Sorry, I know now!'
This is only the first step in achieving consciousness in a man-made being, however, actual self-awareness and the idea of robots with a 'conscience' is a way into the future.
What do you think about the possibility of a being so technically advanced that we would be unable to fix it or even compete with it on the basis of intelligence?
I have mixed feelings. It's great for the advancement of the fields of robotics, engineering and technology but what I would really like to know is where the line gets drawn between
what is classified as living and not.
I will continue watching my AI drama series and live tweeting later today on Twitter: @TheScienceTree