posted on Oct, 5 2013 @ 12:46 PM
I was reading that IBM (with government funds) is trying to reverse engineer the human brain in order to advance progress toward creating true
Artificial Intelligence and I had a new (somewhat unpleasant) thought...
It's kind of complicated...Okay, I've never really put much stock into the idea that an AI totally equivalent to human thinking could be created,
because in the first place, how do you program genuine subjectivity? And in the second place, how do you program the kinds of thinking that is a
direct result of everything a human experiences and thinks about their experiences from birth thru-out their life-time?
On the second question particularly: Psychologists have shown that the ability to feel empathy is developmental, it arises directly from a person's
experiences (and feelings about those experiences) of relationship with other people (esp. in the formative years birth-around age 5)...If one's
relational experiences (and ideas about them) reflect caring and being cared for and the modeling of concern for others, the result will be an
How could an AI possibly be programmed to have a 'mind' which would have evolved within such experiences as described above?
My point: Since the primary characteristic of a psychopath is the inability to feel empathy..."Would an AI be the ultimate psychopath?"
And - given the widespread computing power an AI could gain access to, and that everything about our lives is becoming more and more computerized -
what might the ramifications of a psychopathic AI be for the human race?
Psychopath's lack empathy but also have other key characteristics that wouldn't be emulated by an unfeeling AI.
The Triarchic model of psychopathy has these features: "The model conceives of psychopathy in terms of separable phenotypic components of boldness
(fearless dominance), meanness (callous unemotionality), and disinhibition (externalizing proneness)."
That above excerpt is from Florida U presentation.
Wikipedia has more in detail on those three points
"The triarchic model suggests that different concepts of psychopathy emphasize three observable characteristics to varying degrees:
Boldness. Low fear including stress-tolerance, toleration of unfamiliarity and danger, and high self-confidence and social assertiveness. PCL-R
measures this relatively poorly and mainly through Facet 1 of Factor 1. Similar to PPI Fearless dominance. May correspond to differences in the
amygdala and other neurological systems associated with fear.
Disinhibition. Poor impulse control including problems with planning and foresight, lacking affect and urge control, demand for immediate
gratification, and poor behavioral restraints. Similar to PCL-R Factor 2 and PPI Impulsive antisociality. May correspond to impairments in frontal
lobe systems that are involved in such control.
Meanness. Lacking empathy and close attachments with others, disdain of close attachments, use of cruelty to gain empowerment, exploitative
tendencies, defiance of authority, and destructive excitement seeking. PCL-R in general is related to this but in particular some elements in Factor
1. Similar to PPI Coldheartedness but also includes elements of subscales in Impulsive antisociality. Meanness may possibly be caused by either high
boldness or high disinhibition combined with an adverse environment. Thus, a child with high boldness may respond poorly to punishment but may respond
better to rewards and secure attachments which may not be available under adverse conditions. A child with high disinhibition may have increased
problems under adverse conditions with meanness developing in response."
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