CS 1501: AGI Lecture 4 | Emotions, Feelings, and AGI

“With every increase in the degree of consciousness, and in proportion to that increase, the intensity of despair increases: the more consciousness, the more intense the despair.” 

- Søren Kierkegaard 

Course Recap:

  1. Emotions are a physiological response to external stimuli, such as heart rate increase, sweaty palms, and narrowed vision field, for something like fear.

  2. Feelings, on the other hand, are the mind’s perception of these emotions: what it is like to feel sad, or to be scared.

  3. If you want to appeal to someone in an argument, appeal to their emotions, not their rationality - the rider and the elephant analogy.

  4. Most systems now, including most cognitive architectures, have some sort of proto-emotions that act as somatic markers and help make decisions, triage, and form memories.

  5. Artificial feelings on the other hand require some sort of qualia- the subjective feeling of “what it’s like to be” something or to experience something. 

  6. The question of qualia is one of the most important in this class and this field, and could be the difference between shutting down and murdering something that is conscious.

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