The author of “Robot Souls”, Dr. Eve Poole, discusses the concept of junk code. She told the fascinating ideas of improving Artificial intelligence by incorporating human-like qualities into artificial intelligence that she called junk codes.
She investigated the refreshing idea in her upcoming book Robot Souls which is going to be published in August. She suggests that the key element of creating ethical AI lie within the core of human qualities.
She proposes this as a solution, and according to her, by integrating human traits into artificial intelligence, we can create robots that are more considerate and thoughtful which will be beneficial for society. It will cause the AI to understand the feelings of the people and make decisions that are considered right and wrong according to human standards.
The idea of integrating human traits into AI development is to ensure that AI’s main focus should be humanity. According to Dr. Poole, adding these human traits can solve the ethical problems that commonly arise when using AI. She said, “Emotions and freedom should be included in Artificial Intelligence development as these trials are important factors for survival.”
In this advanced technological era, people are naturally more reliant on artificial intelligence and automated systems. It is so integrated into our daily working routines that we cannot separate ourselves from them.
Moreover, the use of robots and automated machines by society is increasing with each passing day. Although our working lives are now dependent on AI technology, it also causes a dilemma of how to build robots that behave according to standard moral values and how to stop them from behaving erratically and dangerously.
She further argues that in the past humans tried to become perfect, so they decided to remove the unnecessary things that they called junk code, like human emotions, free will, and a sense of purpose to create a machine that followed the instructions and made logical decisions.
According to Dr. Poole, these junks are present in the core of humanity. These codes of junk consist of emotions, the tendency of making mistakes, the sixth sense, the ability to cope with uncertainty and strong free will, and trying to see the significance and meaning in the world around them.
All these junk codes are considered vital for human safety and thriving. It might seem unnecessary, but when these qualities work together, then it works like a team with a common goal that tries to thrive humanity in a catastrophe.
Further, she said AI is more involved in the decision-making of human daily lives which also raises worries and concerns about AI making an unfair or biased decision. According to her, before we considered that stripping out human emotion made them logical, and helped them to make an unbiased and fair decision.
But removing those junks for artificial intelligence is not considered wise anymore. Instead, adding these junk qualities will make them more logical and precise. Further, she said if we know how to make these junk codes that make us thrive together as human specie, then we should share it with the Artificial machine and give them a purpose like a human soul.
In her book, she suggests a different procedure to turn this vision into a reality. She argues that we should agree to carefully consider the criteria and find a way to make sure that Artificial tech meets these criteria. The goal of making AI is to create a balance between making AI useful for society, and it works within ethical and legal limits.
Further, Dr. Poole said that “when we build an AI, we disregard many flaws that are present in the human. And we suppose that when these human emotions and intuition are present in Artificial Intelligence, then it would be meaningless.”
We consider these emotions illogical, but these are vital for the human that rises from the source code of the soul. Because these junk codes keep our humanity alive and survive.
So, it is worth considering adding these junk codes into artificial intelligence programming and development to create a robot that is beneficial for society. But it might also welcome other problems like robots will feel pain and other negative emotions. So, before adding human consciousness into AI, taking precautions are essential.