Conscious Robots Will Spur the Greatest Questions About Human Consciousness

Published by , August 1, 2016 12:55 am

(Quartz)  Several scientists and philosophers have started on the path to building conscious robots. But the journey is in its early stages, and for one key reason: We still don’t know exactly what consciousness is. Building a conscious robot puts all consciousness theories to the ultimate test.
“How do you imbue these artificial systems with wants and regrets and desires?,” says cognitive psychologists Axel Cleeremans, from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, “How do you make a robot experience an orgasm? We’re back to the basics of life and death and biology.”