I would like you to prove to me right now you are self-aware…

In the movie Transcendence, when Johnny Depp’s digital character, Dr. Will Caster, is asked by Morgan Freeman this same question, he replies “That’s a difficult question Doctor Tagger. Can you prove that you are?”

And I bet you cannot do so. Which is a challenge.

How can we expect to give a test to Artificial Intelligence when we don’t have one for humans?

When asked the question, you may say things like “I am thinking” or “I am not thinking”, but to prove you have what we acknowledge together to be ‘a mind’ does not have a simple test for a human. In this way, we should challenge any test we put in place to prove the existence or non-existence of mind in artificial intelligence as well.