The Meca Sapiens architecture describes a structure whose execution would make robots conscious. However, implementing full synthetic consciousness means building self-contained systems that are capable of mutating (modifying their original functionality) and whose executing cores are inaccessible. Consequently, full synthetic consciousness in a robotic agent would result , by design, in a system that is ultimately uncontrollable. Continue reading A.I.: Threat or necessity?
Last year, the remote village of Bloggin’s Cove in Newfoundland received a brand new MEDICA-55. The MEDICA is a self-aware autonomous medical station. It can diagnose patients, prescribe and distribute medication and perform minor surgical interventions.
The administration at Guantanamo recently purchased a VLAD-64. The VLAD is an Automatic Information Extractor or AIE (Aie! informally); a self-contained device that waterboards detainees while asking questions and analyzing their responses.