Have you ever thought your electronic device might have a mind of its own? Science writer George Musser suggests that, far from being paranoid, you might be onto something. He presents the idea that machine consciousness won’t look like a human’s, so people may not recognize it when it happens. In fact, it may already have happened. He adeptly describes the technology behind two options for measuring consciousness and explains the pros and cons of each. Musser goes on to outline the problem of detecting “zombies” – that is, “dumb” machines that are good at looking like they are conscious and adaptive. getAbstract recommends this stimulating read to technophobes and technophiles alike.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why humans need to be able to detect consciousness in machines,
- What tools are currently available for testing consciousness and
- What types of limitations these tools have.
About the Author
George Musser is an author and a contributing editor for Scientific American.