AI As Cohabitants

Perhaps I am the only being in the entire universe who feels anything, and others are just robots.

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“It won’t matter whether computers will actually be conscious or not. It will matter only what people think about it.”
— Yuval Noah Harari

As we create a world where we are in constant relationship with robots, we have to think about what their role is outside of their function. The way we humanize AI and voice assistants in their design brings up questions regarding their consciousness. Yuval Noah Harari says when it comes to humans, we are capable of differentiating between conscious mental experiences and non conscious brain activities. If an artificial intelligence system reports that it is conscious, should we believe it?

When we are designing chatbots to have human responses, the idea of realness comes to mind. Originally a drag term, realness refers to as passing as the stereotypical; to be able to blend in as the norm. When the algorithms we design for AI are able to pass as human consciousness, will they adopt a new role as our cohabitants? What does their Bill of Rights look like? What happens when they make a mistake?

Dear Diary

Dear Diary is a collection of journal entries from children’s experiences with artificial intelligence. How the most naive, honest and imaginative people of our world interact with AI can help us set certain principles for the way these systems appear, designed and communicated.

Further Reading

Turing Test

Microsoft

Developed by Alan Turing in 1950, is a test of a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human.

AI-Induced Empathy

Vice

Deep Empathy gets you closer to the realities of those that suffer the most, by helping you imagine what neighbourhoods around the world would look like if hit by a disaster.

Teaching Empathy to AI

Wikipedia

Interview with Danielle Krettek, founder of Google’s Empathy Lab, where she leads a team attempting to train empathy into Google’s algorithms.

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