« on: 29/06/2022 12:25:38 »
All depends on your definition of sentience.
It seems to me that there are two current definitions:
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. If you use A, then any question will do because eventually the human will get it wrong for no discernible reason. If you use B, you can't tell the difference, by definition.
Now there are two useful definitions of intelligence:
A. Constructive laziness
B. The ability to surprise a challenger.
Basic hill-climbing algorithms or content-addressable memory satisfy A, and the answer to B just depends on how stupid the challenger is.
So my answer to the OP is that the question is undefined and the answer is anything you like.
Thank you Alan,
seems that there's a hurdle of definitions which need to be agreed before one can even ask the question i.e. agree on the definition of the question ?