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Growing conscious agents in a VR

Growing conscious agents in a VR

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what do we do with them - and - what do we do ourselves?
what do we do with them - and - what do we do ourselves?

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Published by: sam iam / Salvatore Gerard Micheal on Aug 16, 2012
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Growing conscious agents in a VR 
Implausible as it may sound, developing conscious entities in a virtual environment may be the mostefficient scenario to perform that function. 'Oddly', we may be exercising the same functions in our spacetime continuum. If indeed that scenario turns out to be an efficient method for growing consciousagents, it may be further evidence we're living inside a grande simulation with sole purpose: 'to seewhat happens'.Several years ago within disparate time frames, I realized several salient and critical factors regardingawareness: self-awareness is critical in awareness, cross-verifying senses are critical in self-awareness,some minimal symbol and visualization 'registers' are absolutely required, 'long term memory' of our subjective rule-base is required, dynamic filtering of senses is required, and 'finally' some nominalconnectivity between those components is essential. Awareness has explicit functional specifications.The fact consciousness is somewhat identifiable proves the approach above has at least some validity.Historically, many have objected based on the 'grounds' aspects of awareness are
unidentifiable
but thisequates with
mystifying 
human beings. In terms of understanding and comprehension, I disagree. Our minds are completely identifiable and understandable. Now whether or not we will
ever 
understand or identify intuition and inspiration – those are factors I leave for posterity to consider.. But our human
awareness
, to me, is
completely
identifiable and therefore simulable (we can copy it). We
can
createartificial awareness.What is the most efficient scenario to perform that action? I propose an agrarian scenario, rewardingcooperative behavior, and explicitly recognizing (defined) awareness. The tools of genetic programming: rewarding 'conscious behavior' with reproduction should be sufficient. After all, our ownscenario of an agrarian setting rewarding 'civilized behavior' with social benefits has proven valid(enough) to reinforce civilization. Why not awareness?If the level of detail of the VR and explicit senses are sufficiently high, if the individual instances of awareness (conscious agents) are sufficient for self-awareness, if local challenges are sufficient for stimulating cooperative behavior, and if our 'tests for awareness' are valid, we are on the path of developing fully independent and fully
 self-aware
conscious individuals.This is indeed a focal point in human history for we are on the verge of creating self-aware'simulations' of ourselves .. About the criteria.. Much has been debated about this.. Instead of developing a highly complex criteria about testing consciousness, why not simply observe/monitor output of individuals? If an individual agent produced the statement: “Hey God! I exist!” Isn't that
 sufficient 
to prove individual awareness?Hey God, I exist! ;)Addendum: The fact I must consider moral grounds lends credibility to the project. We have the potential to create
multitudes
of conscious agents; what do we 'do' with them; do they have
rights
? It's afair question that should be addressed
before
we develop them .. Let's consider our situation as a possible analog; let's put ourselves in God's shoes.. What would we expect from God in this scenario?Minimally: 1. awareness of us – and – 2. acknowledgement of our awareness of the simulation. If wecan accept Siddhartha and Jesus as 'messengers from God' (for example), God has performed Her 'obligations' toward us.. Morally, we should not be expected to perform any more in our micro-simulations: 1. awareness of aware individuals – and – 2. acknowledge any individuals becoming

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