Machine learning and current deep learning technology have allowed robots to be wiser than ever before, because the artificial intelligence within them is more advance. Obviously, these robots were fed with huge amount of data so they could form logic according to their programmed algorithms. So, in a way these robots with the help of current artificial intelligence could not become self-aware or self-conscious. Meaning that when these robots are in unsupervised state, they could not form out of the box ideas and logics. For an example, if an algorithm that directs the robot’s behavior reaches a limit, the robot could not form logic outside the limitation of such an algorithm.
You could argue humans are that way too, but at least humans could think out of the box or form new free-will or create a solution from a point where data isn’t readily available. Even though humans could make big mistakes in such a situation, but with the right instinct and past experiences, even though without enough data for a current, never happened before event humans still could come up with a correct solution for the challenge. I don’t think robots with current artificial intelligence could do something like this just yet.
Never say never though, because once robots with an even more advance artificial intelligence may eventually require no data to function in any situation, reaching humanity level and perhaps may even surpass humanity altogether. If there is God, I wonder God would think one day humans, although a fish in a fish tank, yet could see God with their own naked eyes whenever wherever they choose. Perhaps, current AI empowered robots are the fish in the fish tank, but one day they would see eye to eye with humans. Check out the video right after the break to see two different AI empowered robots debate each other on various topics. Enjoy!