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Is Consciousness Required to Build an AGI?

By Shanshan Jin

What is AGI? AGI stands for Artificial General Intelligence. Some people refer to it as “Strong AI” to differentiate it from “Weak AI”. Many people say that we are still decades away from achieving AGI, while some of us are still arguing what it means to be intelligent.

AGI requires a machine or intelligent agent to be capable of understanding or learning any intellectual task that a human being can. If we have a powerful enough machine that could access all the existing knowledge of all human beings, does that make the machine an AGI? Will the machine then acquire consciousness and self-awareness?

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