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Do you think the best current AIs are more or less conscious than ants? What about spiders? Mice? Cats? Dolphins?

Posted: May 25th, 2023, 5:00 pm
by Eckhart Aurelius Hughes
When replying, please also specify whether you have fully read my book, In It Together, or not. Since my book deals heavily with the subject of consciousness and self, I think it will be interesting to see how the answers differ between those who have read my book in full already and those who have not yet read it.


Do you think the best current AIs (e.g. ChatGPT 4) are more or less conscious than ants?

Than trees?

Than grass?

Than spiders?

Than mice?

Than cats?

Than dolphins?

Than Octopuses?

Than 2-year-old human children?

Than a whole ant colony?

Than slime mold?


These aren't rhetorical questions. Please do let me know which of the above you think are more conscious than the best current AIs and which are less conscious and which are equally conscious.




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Re: Do you think the best current AIs are more or less conscious than ants? What about spiders? Mice? Cats? Dolphins?

Posted: October 5th, 2023, 5:08 am
by Marie Chalupova
I don't think I would say that ChatGPT has any consciousness yet. It's working on its given task using the given parameters. Maybe that could actually equal to a tree, grass or mold. I am not really aware of the level of their consciousness. I think once we see them breaking out from their parameters (instincts) then we can talk about consciousness. This makes me think I did hear about some AI that learned something it was not supposed to.
I have read the book.

Re: Do you think the best current AIs are more or less conscious than ants? What about spiders? Mice? Cats? Dolphins?

Posted: October 10th, 2023, 3:51 am
by Faes
I don't think so. They are just working based on millions of sets of instructions programmed by developers and they can't function outside those parameters that were assigned during the programming.

Re: Do you think the best current AIs are more or less conscious than ants? What about spiders? Mice? Cats? Dolphins?

Posted: February 12th, 2024, 2:26 am
by Veronicah Akinyi
AI lacks consciousness; it operates based on predefined algorithms. While it can mimic certain behaviors, it doesn't possess subjective experiences like consciousness. Ants, spiders, mice, cats, and dolphins exhibit varying levels of consciousness, with dolphins considered more advanced in terms of cognitive abilities.