Whether robots will ever attain consciousness?

The uniqueness of the human lies in our ability to understand themselves and to represent action in different situations. We can also learn from mistakes and to ponder what actions are right and which are not. Today robots are not capable of it. However, in the future things can change. Recently American researchers have created a robotic arm that is aware of itself and able to adapt quickly to changes in the environment. Moreover, ramoroka acts itself, and not according to preset instructions. We believe this is the first step in the transfer of the consciousness into the specific algorithms and mechanisms. A study published in the journal Science Robotics.

What kind of robots exist today?

Today, most robots still learning using simulations and models provided by the people, or by long and laborious testing by trial and error. Thus, despite the astounding success of the robots Boston Dynamics, can mimic human behavior and to recognize ourselves as we robots can’t. Yet.

The photo of the world famous robots Boston Dynamics

If we want robots became independent and quickly adapt to different situations and unexpected scenarios, it is important that they have learned to recreate themselves. So says one of the study’s authors, Professor in mechanical engineering Hod Lipson. Note that the Israeli and American engineer since 2007, creates robotsthat learn not only to fly, swim and walk, but also to laugh and cry.

In the study, Lipson and his colleague Robert Kwiatkowski used the robotic arm. Initially, the robot was moving randomly and have made about a thousand of movements in different directions. The robot then used deep learning is a modern machine learning technique, to create image patterns, such as himself. The first “car” was inaccurate and the robot didn’t know what they were and how they were connected. But after less than 35 hours of instruction, painted model is conform to the physical structure of the robot. The researchers note that the robot does not receive any instructions on modelling and Assembly models. In other words, he learned everything myself and realized how it looks.

The danger of robots

Lipson notes that self-awareness is the key to how to allow robots to move away from the restrictions of the so-called “narrow artificial intelligence”, which can only be aimed at one goal. The researchers said that a newborn baby doing in the crib — how he perceives the world is probably the advantage of the evolutionary origin of human consciousness.the ability of the robotic arm to realize itself, still not comparable to human, scientists believe that this is the beginning of the era of consciousness of the machines.

It looks like raboroko, created by scientists

Philosophers, psychologists and scientists for thousands of years pondered the nature of consciousness, but has made relatively little progress. We still hide our lack of understanding of subjective terms, but today robots force us to translate these vague notions into concrete algorithms and mechanisms. Lipson and Kwiatkowski argue that well aware of the ethical consequences of creating conscious machines.