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What Question Could You Ask To Determine Sentience Of A Human?
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But Lambda can be copied like we cannot, so if I were to ask it any questions, I'd pose my queries along those lines: What if you were copied? What if two copies were somehow merged? What if you were 'moved' to new faster hardware? Would the old hardware fear being turned off still?That’s an interesting one. It echoes the question raised in Star Trek, does a transported person die on disassembly and be reborn at the other end. Certainly cloning to new hardware and then turning off should mean death to the old AI.
All depends on your definition of sentience.Standard definition of sentience is essentially: "to be able to perceive or feel things", and yea, that's heavily open to interpretation.
It seems to me that there are two current definitions:Variant of A: What people have and nothing else does, in which case you're just saying "is it human?".
A. What people have but machines don't
B. What machines and people have.
AFAIK the only distinction between machines and people is that people make mistakes that aren't traceable to a hardware or instruction fault, so the question doesn't matter.Lambda (the google AI) does make mistakes, and they're not traceable to a hardware/software fault since it's actions are not explicitly programmed. You mistakes are similarly not faults, but if recognized, it can be something from which one can learn.
what question could you ask it to determine if the answer is a sentient one or not ?It talked about fear of death (of being 'unplugged'), but unplugging doesn't kill an AI, it just puts it to sleep. One can boot it up again in years, and so long as memory hasn't been wiped, it would be like no time has passed. Humans are quite similar in this way. But Lambda can be copied like we cannot, so if I were to ask it any questions, I'd pose my queries along those lines: What if you were copied? What if two copies were somehow merged? What if you were 'moved' to new faster hardware? Would the old hardware fear being turned off still?
Is gravity...travelling then ?A Gravitational Field can be viewed as a distortion in spacetime (thanks to Einstein).
Something must be holding light back faster than light itself travels.Nothing 'holds back' anything. Relative to anything inside a black hole, all future events are also inside. Trying to send light 'outside' is like trying to shine a light onto 2021 from here. Light doesn't travel into the past no matter how hard you attempt it.
I understand gravitational waves propagating outside the black holeGravitational waves generated outside the black hole propage outward, yes.
so it's the propagation of internal gravity waves that stops light ?They have nothing to do with it. Gravitational waves are just another thing that moves at light speed, but also do not move into the past.
does light even exist inside a black hole ?Of course. If you jump into a big one with a set of lights (say in a room full of glow sticks), you'd not notice anything different as you crossed the event horizon. Light from the glow sticks would still reach you from every direction.
What ,then, is the effect of changes to the distribution of mass inside a BH? Anything? Do we know?Per the no-hair theorem, there is zero external effect of changes to internal mass distribution. Nobody outside could measure it.
Something must be holding light back faster than light itself travels.Not really. The easier way to imagine what is happening is to assume space itself is being pulled in toward the black hole singularity. So light is travelling as fast as it can through space but it's not good enough, space itself is being pulled into the singularity faster than that.
so it's the propagation of internal gravity waves that stops light ?No.
does light even exist inside a black hole ?According to theory, yes it can (for a while before it hits the singularity). No one has actually been in there to see it.
Is gravity...travelling then ?Gravity is not something that travels. It is a distortion of spacetime.
I read an article a while back as to why, when there is no functional need for them, men have nipples, and this was because all you guys started out as females.
the brief squid, Lolliguncula brevis, found in Chesapeake Bay, is a notable partial exception in that it tolerates brackish water.
Why oh why do some people struggle to define what a woman is ?
Just stick with the XX chromosomes. The reproductive bits don't always work and are sometimes removed if they go very wrong, but every cell of a woman's body contains two X chromosomes and every adult member of homo sapiens with two X chromosomes is a woman.
I was wondering, should circumstances had prevailed, of the possibility that a dinosaur (or other species) would have evolved along the same speed and scale as humans.They did far better. On the one hand they produced such a successful variant that the crocodile probably hasn't changed its design or its habits in 200,000,000 years, whilst in a completely original direction they evolved feathers, hollow bones and a high temperature metabolism so they could fly.