Are there any means by which an observed entity (e.g.: an AI) can be tested for self-awareness using/applying/affecting mainly its visual-oral-auditory-senses and observed responses of same? Failing that, are there any such tests for organic life-forms?


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To test self-awareness in animals there is the Mirror test. It involves painting something on the animal's head/face without their knowledge and observing what they do when they notice the paint in their own reflection in a mirror.

Additionally, robots have been tested for simple self-awareness by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

  • $\begingroup$ I know of the mirror-test - they also used it with babies (a vid on youtube about it), put a sticker on their foreheads IIRC. The robot-test concerns proprietary theory/algorithm so cannot really conclude anything, but seems suspiciously like just a well written expert-system. $\endgroup$
    – slashmais
    Jul 27, 2015 at 20:30

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