OK, let the discussion begin about this latest tech.
Is this self-awareness? Defined how? If each robot wasn’t pre-programmed with the answer to know if it was the one that was muted or not, then this one discovered, on its own, it was the one. Through its own analysis of hearing itself speak! It thinks, that is deductive reasoning. It references and recognizes itself as an entity. So…?
“In the updated version of the [King’s Wise Men] puzzle, the Rensselaer AI and Reasoning Lab researchers in New York programmed the robots to think that two of them had been given a “dumbing pill” — one that would prevent them from speaking. In reality, those robots were muted by pressing a button on top of their heads, while the third one had a placebo button.
When the researchers asked the robots which pill they had received, only one of them — the one that had not been muted — stood up and said “I don’t know.”
However, a moment later, when its program realized that it had heard its own voice, the robot waved its hand and said: “I know now. I was able to prove that I was not given a dumbing pill.”
According to the researchers, the ability to recognize the sound of its own voice and logically conclude that it had not received a dumbing pill — because it could speak — showed that it had the ability to link this realization back to the original question and come up with the right answer, pointing toward a mathematically verifiable awareness of the self.”