- Nathan Abbott
- Atlanta, GA
- United States
AI: is SENTIENCE derived from pain & pleasure?
Apologies in advance. I'm an AI noob, but...
RE:machine intelligence, would sentience/consciousness potentially be derived from the ability to feel PAIN & PLEASURE?
For example, my PC can execute code & follow orders, but it has no WANTS or DESIRES. But, if it could feel P&P, it would WANT to seek pleasure & avoid pain.
Could that be enough to make it self-aware? To say "I AM"?
Could P&P be the cause for HUMAN consciousness? After all, the 2 basic human drives are:
PROCREATE & SURVIVE
To feel pain & pleasure enables those drives, right? if AI could feel P&P, wouldn't it be conscious? In addition to electrical, might sentient AI require a chemical component?
Again, I'm new to AI. Please forgive me if this question has already been answered.