Ben Goertzel, the CEO of artificial intelligence company Novamente, asks whether machines will ever really feel, in the same sense that humans do?
“This is a separate question from whether machines can be intelligent, or whether they can act like they feel. The question is whether machines if suitably constructed and programmed can have awareness, passion, subjective experience … consciousness?” Goertzel led a machine consciousness workshop in Hong Kong, and summarizes current theories about artificial intelligence, and notes that Tufts professor Daniel Dennett believes it’s absolutely possible – if the machines are programmed correctly!
This article also appears in the latest issue of H+ magazine.
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