[LISTEN] Is it probable that computers might develop consciousness?

Naked Scientist Chris Smith says with the development of artificial intelligence, it is possible to have a computer with a conscious - a sense of what it is and its own mortality.

Smith explains that you probably could write a computer programme as systems become more artificial intelligent.

He says there is however an an ethical aspect to it.

One ends up with this ethical situation where, if I have a computer or robot that now knows its alive, if I turn it off, I am killing it and therefore does it have rights?

Chris Smith, Naked Scientist

Here we are about 25 years later, we have most of the technologies that used to wow us on Star Trek, including devices that have some semblance of intelligence and consciousness.

Chris Smith, Naked Scientist

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