Ilya Sutskever, chief scientist of the OpenAI research group, sent a tweet yesterday that “it may be that today’s large neural networks are slightly conscious.” And of course, his fans said “why not”?
It was a brief message but an ominous one, in my opinion.
If you declare a machine “conscious” then you have to start considering “rights” and person hood and a whole lot more crap.
My opinion is that if a human being is able to trace out the logic (not necessarily in every detail), then that is not consciousness. This is not something you want to do lightly. These morons have no idea the repercussions of their casual, thoughtless declarations.