Synthetically Designed Consciousness

We often create artificial versions of things that mimic, but don’t fully measure up to the real object. Many Artificial Intelligence (AI) programs create the impression that they operate with intelligence, even though they don’t actually make the decisions themselves, because they have embedded expert knowledge. Decision trees are abstracted from real life scenarios by human experts. Branching choices are made with simple tests. These expert systems work well within their specifically limited boundaries, often outperforming humans.

Real “strong” AI or “general” AI will have the ability to actually make intelligent decisions in real time that may have never before been considered. We can also distinguish between intelligence that is organically developed (human) and intelligence that is synthetically designed.

Synthetic Intelligence (SI)
Organic Intelligence (OI) went through an evolutionary process of natural selection, where features that added intelligence capability enhanced survival and were replicated and expanded over time. Synthetically designed intelligence can study the evolution of OI with the intent of eliminating performance bottlenecks and optimizing functionality. Auxiliary storage can be added and parallel processing can add real time augmentation that includes not just error checking, but integrity checking, ethics checking, intuitive suggestions and more. SI will soon be challenging humans in general tests with no boundaries and limits.

At some point in the process of creating software with advanced intelligence, we will be adding self awareness, the ability to self modify, and the wisdom to apply intelligence well. This implies ethical reasoning. As these attributes grow in the software, it will begin to qualify as being conscious.

A Definition of Consciousness
Consciousness implies a level of thinking and self-awareness roughly equivalent to our own experience. This term is loosely defined resulting in a wide range of usage. When SI reaches a sufficient level of similarity to the human state, we will be forced to consider it conscious.