This is shocking at all levels. We used to think it was impossible to mimic human consciousness in machines, but which may not be true anymore. Something called the “King’s Wise Men” puzzle serves as a self-awareness test. A robot answered the puzzle correctly.
Roboticists at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute tweaked the puzzle to test it on a trio of robots. Two of the machines were told that they’d received a “dumbing pill” that kept them from talking. Then all three were asked what type could still talk.
In the beginning, do not require could understand and each said: “I don’t know.” But just one robot will make the sound. When it heard its voice, it changed its answer: “Sorry, I understand now!”
The roboticists genuinely believe that passing most of these tests will ultimately make robots acquire a number of capabilities which is valuable to people. Another supercomputer became the very first AI to pass the Turing test by successfully convincing people who they certainly were conversing with a 13-year-old boy.