I think it would be appropriate to have a section about the hypothesized need for any AI machine to also have a analogous artificial emotion
component, coupled to a feedback loop, which would drive the machine's selection processes like those of any intelligent creature. "Intelligence," of
course, is only measured against what we understand to be intelligence, and that is judged essentially by referencing ourselves. That would be
difficult if not impossible unless the machine had a simple, synthetic emotion core working with the memory and perceptual components, which the
machine would use to make choices based on individual, learned preferences and desires.
P.S. -- Creating artificial emotion isn't all that difficult. Simple programs such as those found in small "artificial pets" (Tamagotchi) popular
with the Japanese will do to start. All it has to do is count instances of a particular thing happening, and relate it to a fading scale that the
machine is required to act on the lower it gets. Tomagotchis cry when they need attention. You push a button, and it settles down, just like a human
baby. Create a program called, "Positive Human Interaction," and every time the machine is petted, or called by a nice name, or sees a smile on the
face of a human looking at it, it gains points. If none of that happens, the points diminish over time, creating an artificial "pain," or desire.
Program the machine to always keep the points above a certain level, and it could eventually want
to get more points, to make its creators
proud (get more PHI).
The emotions for the machine would start out simple and strong, like those found in babies, but by adding more emotions, and combining them they would
create more complicated feedback loops. Eventually, by allowing the machine itself to make slight adjustments to the points it needs in various
categories, it would no longer make simple decisions based solely on the mathematics. It could learn to "suffer" a little to get something it wants.
Work harder to get more PHI, or love, or a "promotion," or independence.
The programs already exist. All they need to do is start simple, and slowly be added, just like what happens when a person grows and learns. The
feedback system would be the most complicated to balance. A lot of people don't even have a good feedback system. But in the end, the built machine
will have intelligence that makes sense to us in a human context, not just how many bits of information can be stored or processed at what speed.
edit on 16-11-2010 by Blue Shift because: (no reason given)