"It's getting to a point where we might be able to say this thing has a sense of itself, and maybe there is a threshold moment where suddenly this consciousness emerges," du Sautoy told media at the Hays Festival in Hay-on-Wye, Wales this week. "And if we understand these things are having a level of consciousness, we might well have to introduce rights. It's an exciting time."When does a machine get its "personhood" assigned? They'll get that defined soon. They'll need to get it done before the eugenicists define the machines as "useless power-eaters".
"I think there is something in the brain development which might be like a boiling point. It may be a threshold moment," du Sautoy said. "Philosophers will say that doesn't guarantee that that thing is really feeling anything and really has a sense of self. It might be just saying all the things that make us think it's alive. But then even in humans we can't know that what a person is saying is real."