Stories involving conscious robots can be quite unsettling.

Whilst the premises upon which the story rests are somewhat improbable, the exploration of the tensions that might arise upon introducing artificial general intelligence to a household are gripping. AGI for these purposes takes the form of a human-level-intelligent robot called Adam. In practice, of course, such an AI will always think faster than humans and have access to vastly more data. Adam also possesses emotions. This places him on a par with his human ‘owners’, which winds up affecting both them and Adam. Does Adam possess consciousness? It is not entirely clear, although Alan Turing, who makes a surprise appearance, thinks he does. The truth is, we cannot be sure that anyone other than ourselves possesses consciousness; we can only surmise. So, why would we be any clearer about whether Adam is a conscious robot?

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