That we’ll live with a conscious AI for five, ten, even fifteen years without knowing it. In fact, not everybody even really has the same definition for artificial intelligence, let alone conscious artificial intelligence.He says that the way we talk about “playing God” with artificial intelligence is all wrong. We’re playing bad parents, unattentive to our charges. Charles Isbell: So there are lots of definitions of artificial intelligence and I sort of appreciate all of them for different reasons.Imagine if Microsoft’s recent disastrous Tay chatbot was conscious! But it’s not the only way people have imagined conscious AI coming online. The premise of the story is that there’s a company that has created these digital pets, kind of like Tamagotchis, or Neopets if you remember those, and these pets live in this online realm, and, crucially, they learn. Allison: Mima that was two years ago, why didn’t you say anything? The first one is for computer scientists: Charles: Which is coming up with fast approximate solutions to fundamentally exponential and hard problems Rose: The second is for not-computer scientists: Charles: AI is the art and science of making computers act the way they do in the movies, right, so we tend to have this way of projecting intelligence onto things in the movies and having computers do magical things.
So in the 1990’s, Lambda Moo gained a pretty sizeable fan base.
At one point there were nearly 10,000 users, and at any given time there were usually about 300 people connected to the system and walking around.
miss the fact that we’re no longer talking to passive software.
There are people who have only-partially-humorous relationships with Siri.
It’s basically a text-based multiplayer role playing game.
So the interface is totally text, and when you log in to Lamda MOO you use commands to move around and talk to the other players.
I’ve heard people say things like “Siri hates my boyfriend.” So when Siri actually starts hating your boyfriend, how will you even know? ▹▹ So today we’re talking about conscious artificial intelligence.
Unless some team of researchers wheels out Watson and says, tadaaaa we’ve made it! Damien actually thinks that we won’t know right away. This is something that a lot of you have asked for an episode on, and I’ve been dragging my feet because it’s such a huge topic that it’s kind of hard to even figure out where to begin.
And he says that that’s how he sees conscious AI unfolding in reality too. Allison: Mima you’re a computer, you don’t feel sadness. And, in fact, not everybody even likes the term artificial intelligence.