Self-conscious Intelligence

We use a variety of terms to qualify what we consider to be intelligent life: intelligence, consciousness, self-awareness, higher consciousness. There seem to be two primary ingredients common to most of the definitions of intelligent life and those are:

  1. Intelligence as some level of analytical reasoning ability and perhaps also the experience or knowledge necessary to apply the reasoning in a manner that can be considered “wise” or at some level of wisdom.
  2. Self awareness, not just as being aware of self, but also being able to define needs and adapt in an attempt to fulfil them. This can also be framed as the ability to modify self.

Computer programs and other calculating devices can offer various levels of analytical reasoning, but don’t often even attempt to implement “wise” choices to applying the results. In order to extend the results of analysis into what we consider to be intelligence, it is necessary to have some sort of processing that decides how useful the results are, in what way they can be applied and whether or not to actually use them. Wisdom can be framed as correctly applied intelligence.

It is also practical to create agents or routines that can modify themselves, but that alone does not qualify as self-awareness. A high level of self awareness might include:

  • Being able to define self and the differences between self and others
  • Being able to discern the needs of self
  • Being able to respond to needs by taking actions to fulfill them

And at some point in the evaluation of self-conscious intelligence, there is an expected crossover or exchange between the two basic components allowing for wise self modification and modification that can increase intelligence and wisdom.

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