[ExI] Conscious AI or a Zombie?

Ben Zaiboc ben at zaiboc.net
Sun Jul 2 21:17:54 UTC 2023

On 02/07/2023 19:00, bill w wrote:
> Don't you think that an AI will lie to you about being self-aware?  Or 
> anything else that would improve its life?
> So you grant them rights.  Then what?  They decide not to work for 
> you?  How could you pay them?  I don't think we are looking at the 
> details of such ideas.  We are just looking at the problem in a most 
> general, philosophical way.
> Look at John - he won't even agree that another person is conscious.  
> How would we know an AI is?  It tells us?  How can it know what 
> consciousness is if we don't?  And on and on.

It doesn't matter if John doesn't agree that other people are conscious, 
he treats them as if they are. And I'm sure he agrees that their rights 
should be upheld as if they are. We will apply the Duck Test to AIs just 
as we apply it to other humans.

I think we have to look at this in a general, philosophical way. The 
details will certainly change by the time these systems exist, and we 
can't really predict what the details will be like.

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