Sentient Simulated Intelligence: Posthuman Conceptualization of Consciousness

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Ms. Gitanjaly Chhabra, Prof. Sharda Kaushik

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In order to build a simulation that is artificial intelligence, one which imitates, replicates and clones human intelligence and discernment, the pre-eminent rudiment is to simulate the brain power. Thereby, to make Simulated Intelligence a true simulation of human intelligence, it is salient for SI to develop human attributes such as conscious experience of a higher/prominent/distinctive level, creativity and aesthetic appreciation. Understanding of the brain and consciousness is the foremost component to decode the qualia and the functioning of the human brain. From the stone-age to the digital era of creating super intelligent machines, the humans have been able to reach the present stage of civilization with tremendous contribution of their brains. The awareness of one’s internal and external states, the deconstruction of self-hood and further, the reconstruction of a distinct personal identity in totality is the phenomena of human consciousness and existence. The present research focuses on the understanding of sentience and consciousness of SI through the lens of the theoretical construct of posthuman conceptualization of consciousness, thereby analysing the pivotal artificial human, SI named Helen in Richard Powers’ novel Galatea 2.2. (1995). Conclusively the present study, as a consequence of technological determinism, proposes a theoretical framework for developing and elevating the consciousness of SI in order to establish and cultivate the engineered consciousness of SI into an evolved one.

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