Is consiousness organic in nature?

Discussion in 'Intelligence & Machines' started by darksidZz, Mar 8, 2015.

  1. C C Consular Corps - "the backbone of diplomacy" Valued Senior Member

    Industry may eventually realize that the last thing it wants to do is replace people with a new type of slave (embodied AI) that could likewise acquire rights and the consequent extra expenses and messy contracts. So there could be a restriction on how much such "artificial ergates" can feel themselves and their environment like a human. A continuing emphasis on specialization should the versatile robot develop enough interests to become a complainer or compel crusaders to ascribe either anthropomorphic or zoomorphic characteristics to its life / service period. No doubt there will be exceptions when it comes to any prohibitive manufacture of sentient machines, like those whose jobs require them to recognize, empathasize, and understand individual human needs. But that just requires a good, outward act rather than literally endowing the devices with an internal significance and the latter's sensuously activated aspiration for freedom and liberated creativity.

    A versatile type computer-brain would have to be embodied as a robot to develop the skills and apprehension of a socially-engaged agent which interacts with its environment. Although, once the prototypes had worked-out the necessary programming through practice or trial / error, those patterns would be extracted for revision into marketable software that could then be installed into mass-produced machines which would immediately be sapient and adept in regard to the real world (minus having had to acquire that experience the hard way). But commercial enterprise or the threatened 1% elite would intellectually castrate a multi-function model of robothood which exhibited an ascension into the purposeful passions of higher primates. I.E., "we don't need a resurrection of the problems we had with the old biological blue and white collar laborers whose jobs we eliminated in the former century".
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  3. C C Consular Corps - "the backbone of diplomacy" Valued Senior Member

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  5. wellwisher Banned Banned

    The human brain has two hemispheres. The left hemisphere is more logical and differential, while the right hemisphere is more intuitive and integral. Just like in math, the left side of the brain differentiates data or finds the slope of curves at a given point; logical inference. The integration process of the right hemisphere finds the area under the curves from point a to point b. The left hemisphere is what differentiates the individual in their own mind, so they feel a sense of uniqueness and special need; unique slope on the human curve. I think therefore I am; QED!

    Since natural instinct integrates animals with nature and with their species, then natural instinct is more right hemisphere. When early humans or the pre-humans were natural, they were originally right brained. Self awareness, will power and choice are modern artifacts of a migration of consciousness into the left brain. In the left brain, one would able to disconnect from the integral POV of natural instinct and will begin to feel uniqueness that separates allowing free choice.

    Since we have two centers of consciousness, although the modern conscious mind may be more in the left hemisphere, the unconscious mind will complement this via the right hemisphere, retaining our natural integrations, albeit unconsciously. For example, we still have the collective need to procreate, with this general drive flavored into uniqueness, by our unique slope as a point on the human curve.

    Before the migration into the left hemisphere, if the conscious mind was in the right hemisphere, the unconscious mind would be driving the left hemisphere. In this case, one would be subliminally gaining data from their environment, by unconscious inference, which then integrated into natural pre-human behavior. For example, as an omnivore, they will have unconscious urges to try new things as food, with the unconscious focusing their attention; instinct for finding good things to eat. There is no need for will power since food is everywhere. Once consciousness migrates left, one is on their own.

    If we use this model for robots, one would need to create a failsafe that maintains robot consciousness into integral thinking, so they always see and extrapolate the bigger picture. If the evolving artificial consciousness migrates into the differential side too much, then it will begin to whine about being unique with special needs. With the loss of integration will come loss of performance and detachment from the bigger picture. Now there is waste and chaos.

    The next stage of human evolution is for consciousness to migrate back to the right hemisphere. This allows humans to see what we all have in common from point a to point b. The integral conscious robots might become learning tools, that help humans see how this is done, by the type of output it creates. One would see the robot colonies work together like fish in school or bees in a hive always thinking beyond themselves.
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