Let’s imagine, there is a robotic alien machine that reaches citizens. Even for the followingscenario of proving one’s ciousness, let’s establish limitations: aliens  are formed by a higher mind, inexplicable to humans who have become extinct. For now, those robots have no clear aim to accomplish on Earth; they view themselves as the universe’s primary civilization. In return for survival, they claim evidence of the presence of knowledge among humans. The pace of technological advancement dates back to the 21st century. The conditions set will decide how society or a person will behave to demonstrate proof of the mind’s existence. To prepare the strategy it is necessary to comprehend basic things about human perception of life and robotic algorithms that dictate the behavior. We need, first of all to look at things that we believe are not alive and thinking in order to prove consciousness.

collective consciousness

The disparity between consciousness and self-consciousness is also a matter to be taken into account. The former is an attribute of a human being that cannot be explained, measured, placed in a static box of a description, and that is manifest in internal tensions and perception of the other things around us. It has an inexplicable origin and has no meaning but that which a person chooses or learns to believe. We can not, of course run into the metaphysical hypotheses of what consciousness is and when. In general, Descartes and monism split them into two types of dualism. Dualism means that the mind exists at crossroads between emotional and bodily interactions and is potentially present in the brain itself. The essence of these regions is further distinguished by two separate concepts: in accordance with the laws of general physics, not. However, modern science conjectures that quantum mechanics may offer particular facts. In the other hand, the monism trusts in only one state. The universe is represented as an illusion, the most common type of knowledge to construct a vision in our brain and our minds. The only thing that can be comprehensible is that since the individual’s consciousness cannot be physically proved to exist, the essence of perception is non-physical.  Several states of life exist. Some can be done, others can arrive every day like sleep and having visions. Substance use or some other impact on sensory parts of the brain can affect other conditions. Furthermore, because of mental disorders, fact and brains can lead to misunderstandings and confusion. Many of them are treated, but until now they remain incurable. For that, the robot might say that a human being is an upgrade or a part swap.

stream of consciousness

From the perspective of AI machines, a false conclusion may be made because of the implemented experiences and knowledge that allows AI to choose from a countless number of responses and possible acts. Nevertheless, they are still machines. Any living creature might have a conscious mind, that is more possible to be true than not at all. It is because humans have the opportunity to experience only their own mind but never someone else’s. 

The most valuable thing to know about humans when discussing consciousness is the way it affects human behavior. Everyone knows about “human factor”, cognitive biases, etc. They occur in the situations when an individual has to decide something that is either new or unusual as well as triggering. At this point, any AI technology would rely on experience based on its nature, but many people forget that humans have both animalistic and conscious traits. When the triggering conditions occur, an individual with the mind is utterly unpredictable in its behavior. The situation may bring up childhood memories and traits which start the reaction process that is known from a small age but rarely happens due to consciousness being established around 12-13 years of age, as we learn to control many acts and thoughts because of adaptation. Besides, human animalistic behavior can differ in strength and can be expressed in conditions of a complete stress where self-awareness is under the control of hormones and instincts. Only afterward, the person may experience the impact on their psychological state and realize that they would not act that way if they were aware of themselves.

false consciousness

The last part of understanding how conscious beings differ from robots is about details. Any AI technology, any robot, android, or anything else that is capable of choosing between 1 and 0 or is based on quantum physics has a different level of details involved. They might be made just for choosing between “yes” and “no” or be created for more advanced actions. For instance, analyzing the human face and providing all available data. However, each machine is made by a human or smarter species by its own look and functioning features. Overall, human biases and human factors play a part in creating something as sophisticated as a conscious being, constantly suffering from the acknowledgement of being fearful and mortal. From here, I would derive a conclusion that humans are bad at conducting the Turing test on machines, but machines might be good at this. Here is why. Humans are prone to believe almost everything they cannot instantly check or those statements which sound logical and are based on common knowledge. Humans, because of their social, cultural, and experience backgrounds tend to evaluate information differently and might interpret acts and facts due to their own perception of life. When testing more and more advanced AI technology, the human brain may be overwhelmed with the amount of factors they first put into the robot and then had others to evaluate those factors as typical for a mindful being. Robotic systems might be more beneficial to use in those tests because of a simpler structure which also gives ability to avoid major biases. The unconscious machines are used to detect and track changes in human behavior. The human brain is much more efficient while interpreting but insufficient in holding this relevant information for a long time.

The proof of mind and mental experience of life is in everyone’s head. We know it despite the inability to check. Robots, as more developed in being less prone to cognitive mistakes, could just run the Turing test or ask about a typical controversial thing. Then, the proof itself would not be needed as almost every individual would express their thoughts differently and independently from each other. The lack of knowledge of consciousness itself is the sign of mind, as well as the inability to imagine death, find answers on crucial existential questions, and fully examine one’s feelings and soul.

John Doe

John Doe

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