The intelligence of human beings is no longer enough to make the world evolve, so we leave evolution in the hands of robots, constructed by our own minds. Leaving the paradox of the previous statement aside, we shift to a revolutionary finding, namely self-awareness recently observed in certain robot models. Nao-Robots, the commercially available machines, were recently tested by a team of experts who managed to highlight their self-awareness capacities.
Three humanoid robots displayed a living proof of self-consciousness by solving a classic life problem. The robotic team was composed of three Nao models who are already old in the realm of artificial intelligence, but the experiment conducted on them showed extremely interesting and new results.
The test consisted of programming all the three robots to think that two of them had been given a “dumbing pill” that would not allow them to speak. Their objective was to answer about which robots had been given the pill. Surprisingly, one of the robots reacted and answered that he hasn’t been given the dumbing pill. This can be defined as the first self-awareness experience observed in an artificial intelligence machine. The robot was able to recognize the sound of his own voice and ultimately conclude that it had not received the dumbing pill.
One of the robots was able to accomplish this basic form of self-awareness, making us conclude that artificial intelligence takes serious leaps forward and becomes a fully shaped reality. Self-consciousness is the main trait of human beings, the most difficult to translate to other living or artificial beings and once that is accomplished, the road to progress gets cleared out for more complex artificial intelligence structures.
The test performed on the three little and highly polite robots was a variation of an induction puzzle known as “The King’s Wise Men”. The puzzle scenario goes like this: a king decides who his new advisor will be, by calling on three of the wisest men to his court to participate in a contest. He tells all the three wise men he will be laying either a white or blue hat over each of the wisemen’s heads, but the color of each can be seen by the one who is in front of the other, not by the very wearer of the hat. The first wise man able to see the color of his own hat becomes the king’s advisor. In the puzzle, the solution was that all three were wearing blue hats. Similarly, none of the robots were given the dumbing pill but one of them was able to offer an answer for the matter and signal that he is capable to still manage, consider and assess the reality he is part of.
Artificial intelligence has evolved to self-awareness indeed, but it will still take a long time before robots become more capable than us to consider and act upon the reality they live in. Human mind will forever be superior to artificial intelligence.
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