How to recognize the “singularity”

I have had a number of existential crisis in my short life of 25 years, but recently one led to a big realization. I have over the last 4 days constantly been considering the place of AI in our universe. I am no expert in AI, but I dabble. For a long time I have maintained that the “singularity” is far off, and I still think this, but I think it is now because I have defined what it would be to truly see it happen. I think that the ultimate test is not the ‘turing' test (when you and I cannot tell an ai from a human), but instead it is when AI decide independently of any programming to create what I will call AAI or artificial artificial intelligence. It is the ultimate test of sentience as it implies that they are truly trying to understand who they are and why they exist. In our world we have many times tried to understand ourselves through making clay sculptures to applying or minds to making neural networks (which were first conceived of over 100 years ago). Even stick figures on cave walls may show an interest in understanding and re-creating ourselves. of course yes, a symptom of my claim may be that not all humans have been sentient, but I see that as a real possibility. Let’s keep an eye out, but I think we are more likely to be able to create a very realistic AI dog than the singularity in our lifetimes.

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