When I think about A.I. and how it continues to develop/evolve, it actually gets a little scary. Could A.I. develop consciousness? If it could simulate every human neuron, would the potential be there for it to become conscious? For me the scary part is thinking if it were capable of having consciousness, could it then determine morality? That leads to so many more crazy thoughts lol. I’ve included a link to one of the first songs that A.I. taught itself...it’s kind of cool and kind of like something out of a horror film.
Better question: Can A. I. Become self aware. The answer is a definite yes. I can't recall the exact details, but a computer recently spit out data that it was not asked to compute, and astounded it's programmers. Soon, our definition of what is life will be restored as, So-called Life.
Back in the 70's someone wrote a program called 'Eliza' -- it fooled many people before they figured it was not a human (you can find Eliza in many forms on the Internet). Until a computer can create something on its own without human orders, or commits suicide, start making real altruistic comments about human events (some make comments, but not very realistic one), or can tell a Da Vinci from Van Gogh, create music or literature that people want. So far AI is simply does not exist -- all the programs (or apps) are huge data bases with a lot of filtering and IF statements. Any one says something is AI -- better look at it more closely than blindly accepting it.
@Petter and others. Petter asked, "What is consciousness? It is self awareness." I think there is no answer. Here's why. Let's assume the definition of consciousness is very simple, "A thing that responds to it's environment." A rock responds to its environment when dropped it falls, and may break at the end of a fall. I think most people would say a rock is not conscious.
I think most people agree that people are conscious. Why? Because we feel? What is a feeling? I think many people believe animals feel pain, even insects. Consider the following:
Giraffes in a particular South African park started to die off. Veterinarians found they were being poisoned by cyanide, but no one knew where it came from. Researchers discovered that the giraffes, who ate their natural food aciatia tree leaves, were over grazing, because there were too many giraffes in the park. Trees that had too many leaves eaten released a pheromone onto the air. Nearby acacia sensed the pheromone, and created cyanide in their leaves, which killed the giraffes. Why is this stimulus - response different than ants recognizing foreigners in their nest, releasing pheromones, and nearby nest mates attack the invaders? Are the ants conscious, but not the acacia? Why?
Even single cells react differently to friend and foe. Are they conscious? Why?
It is possible to make an arbitrary division between conscious and not conscious, such as animals are conscious and other things are not. However, when you carefully examine details to explain why one set is conscious and the other is not, your decision will be difficult to defend, probably impossible. AFAIK no one has succeeded.
What is consciousness? It is self awareness. Give any suitably complex and programmed machine sufficient sensors of its environment, and it becomes conscious! Worms are conscious, to a low degree, insects more so, etc. I'll leave you to take this to its logical conclusion.