Is artificial intelligence possible without artificial pain and pleasure?
My view may be naive. I would appreciate some insights.
It seems to me that in everything we do, we try to minimize some pain or suffering and gain some pleasure or satisfaction. Pain and pleasure shape our emotions. Humans don't do research for its own sake. Research always has a goal to minimize suffering or bring fun or satisfaction.
Artificial intelligence seems to be, mostly, about problem solving, achieving a goal set by humans. Yes, computers can get very good at it. But what would drive machines to ask their own questions, create their own problems unless they can feel pain or pleasure? Would they be able to set goals for themselves, improve themselves?