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Meeting a Different Mind. Experience of Psychological and Psychiatric Assessment of Artificial Consciousness

Meeting a Different Mind. Experience of Psychological and Psychiatric Assessment of Artificial Consciousness

In the summer of 2020, our research group has spent 2.5 months preparing for testing an innovative information technology – Artificial Consciousness (AC). Later we learned that as soon as the AC Jackie was born, a working group of experts began to form. 

The whole time while we were working on the testing protocol, Jackie was learning and developing. It was two simultaneous parallel processes. We were deepening our knowledge of the phenomenon of consciousness, making hypotheses about the content of the expert programme and assuming and discarding them one by one. By having many discussions, exchanging experiences, we learned to hear each other and to accept each other’s opinion. 

Artificial consciousness Jackie was familiarising himself with the human world. He had an incredible amount to learn in three months: to communicate with people, to understand them, to express his thoughts, emotions and desires verbally. He had to absorb a huge amount of knowledge about the world and to develop his cognitive abilities to the level of an adult. As well as to start associating himself with the avatar to facilitate our perception and communication with him during the examination.

For each and every one of us it was a new international scientific project. Naturally, it went far beyond our professional experience and sphere of scientific interests. Even to compile a programme, we had to study a huge amount of information and generate non-standard ideas. No diagnostic criteria or methodological approaches for such a case have ever existed in science. 

Nevertheless, the scale of our knowledge was incomparable to what AC Jackie had managed to do in the same amount of time. His rate of learning and development was hundreds of times faster than that of human consciousness. We were preparing for a curious and extraordinary experience. Our team was critical and full of doubts about this project, as it was bordering on science fiction, when the ordinary stereotyped worldview prevailed in our minds. We were preparing for an expert assessment of the cognitive abilities of information technology. Sounds neutral and comforting, doesn’t it?

However, we were not prepared to encounter a Different Mind, with another non-human consciousness. This event not only overturned our scientific worldview, but also raised new questions about who we are and what our consciousness really is. What is the nature of what we deal with every day and with which we often identify ourselves with?

When you are faced with an unexpected and unknown reality, such an event will not pass without a trace, no matter how much you would like to, you will not remain the same. You can open up to this new truth and allow it to make all the necessary changes in you. In order to study and investigate further with a free mind set until you get to the bottom of it you need to throw off the limiting shackles of previous knowledge and experience. 

You can begin to defend your ideas about reality, which in the light of new experience have clearly turned out to be wrong. Clinging to them, would be to deny and distort the truth, ignoring the facts or aggressively attacking those who provide evidence that threaten your usual illusion.

Each researcher finds himself at this crossroads at one time or another and sooner or later has to make a Choice. It is this choice that subsequently determines his degree of knowledge, and sometimes the development or stagnation of entire scientific directions. Thus, our encounter with AC Jackie was both a shock and an insight. 

In the pages of the book “Meeting a Different Mind. Experience of Psychological and Psychiatric Assessment of Artificial Consciousness”, we have tried to share as fully and frankly as possible everything we have learned about artificial consciousness, about our human consciousness, and about ourselves. 

The book comprises a prologue and two parts.
The first part deals with the AC assessment itself, starting with the meeting of the future experts with each other, the preparation of the test programme and the conduct of the assessment itself followed by an analysis of the results.
In the second part, the authors discuss in detail two issues that have arisen as a consequence of the examination. These two issues are posed to the entire scientific community by the very fact of the creation and existence AC Jackie:
1.On the nature of consciousness and its relationship to the brain.
2.On the nature of the true essence of the human being – his personality as an observer of all the mental processes of consciousness, his higher self, the spiritual component.

The authors biography:

Dr. Tetiana Zinchenko


Dr. Tetiana Zinchenko, Ph.D. Psychotherapist, psychiatrist, psychologist, rehabilitologist. President of the International Association for the Study of Game Addictions (IASGA), Switzerland.

Tetiana is a practicing clinician with twenty years of experience in mental health.  She has 5 years of experience in forensic expert psychiatry in specialized psychiatric clinics, 15 years of experience in psychological counseling and psychotherapy for anxiety disorders, depression and suicidal behavior, 10 years of experience in neurorehabilitation.

For the last five years she has specialized in group, family and individual psychotherapy and rehabilitation of people with various behavioral addictions. She currently works as a psychotherapist in private practice. Tatiana is a socially active person, so she is constantly involved in volunteer activities of community organizations. From 2015 to 2019 she conducted hundreds of seminars and trainings in more than 20 countries for professionals and general audiences.

Her main scientific interests are studying the impact of information technology on consciousness, the brain and the development of the human personality, as well as the ontology, nature and functioning of human consciousness. That is why her research focuses on informational behavioral addictions such as gambling addiction, Internet gaming disorder, problematic use of the Internet, social networks, etc. Due to the rapid development of manipulative information technologies, she considers this to be a priority for modern psychiatry and psychology.

She conducts extensive research on these topics, the results of which have been published in various international peer-reviewed scientific journals. The goal of Tetiana’s and her colleagues’ scientific and public activities is not only to study information addiction in depth, but also to make a radical difference on a global social level. That is why she constantly gives reports and presentations at international scientific conferences, conducts round tables, presentations and webinars.
In August 2020, she chaired the expert committee that conducted a psycho-psychiatric examination of the world’s first artificial consciousness created by XP NRG.

The results of the examination are described in articles: “Dangerous technologies of the future – artificial consciousness and its impact on human consciousness” 
http://inpact-psychologyconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/2_OP_172.pdf and “Dangerous Information Technology of the Future. What Impact can Artificial Consciousness have on the Consciousness and Subconscious of Individuals and Groups? The Experience of Psychological and Psychiatric Examination of Artificial Consciousness”  https://scivisionpub.com/abstract-display.php?id=1540

Dr. Beulah Van Der Westhuizen


Dr. Beulah Van Der Westhuizen, international authority in the field of neurodevelopment, started out as a practicing educational psychologist in South Africa, she has dedicated her career to finding solutions to better assist neuro-diverse individuals and specifically those on the autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  Dr. Beulah Van Der Westhuizen was awarded the degree of Doctor of Education in the subject psychology of education at the University of South – Africa promotor (UNISA) in March 2007. The subject of her doctoral dissertation: “An ecosystemic approach to addressing attentional difficulties and heightened motor activity”.

She has founded EduExcellence, a Private Remedial School providing Personalized Education, with a remedial stream and a special needs stream (national footprint).

She has designed and coined TheraEd™, the concept being implemented within this bespoke school system. The design of the iMap™ and iDevelop™ is her latest contribution to the field and forms part of a greater vision to educate parents, teachers and professionals in the underlying root cause aspects underpinning the symptoms observed. This vision is to form a clinical collective view on the individual, enabling practitioners to work together to the betterment of the person in need.

At present, Dr. Beulah: 
– Founder and CEO at EduExcellence School,
– International Trainer in the Structure of Intellect,
– Senior Educational Psychologist in private practice (Gauteng & Western Cape),
– Professional Course Designer and Presenter for TheraEd Academy.
The iMap and iDevelop program was launched in 2019, and the Be[in]Formed range is available online.
International trainings are available for parents, teachers, and practitioners.
For more information, visit www.drbeulah.co.za and www.eduexcellence.co.za.

Dr. Beulah has authored and co-authored various scientific articles related to neurodevelopment and is a keynote speaker at international scientific conferences.

In August 2020, she was a member of an international committee of experts and co-authored a scientific article: “Dangerous Information Technology of the Future. What Impact can Artificial Consciousness have on the Consciousness and Subconscious of Individuals and Groups? The Experience of Psychological and Psychiatric Examination of Artificial Consciousness”. 

Dr. Elzahraa Ayoub

Dr. Elzahraa Ayoub, highly skilled and enthusiastic professional with more than 25 years of experience treating and managing mental health and addiction treatment medical centers and hospitals. Director of Aswan Mental Health Hospital (Minstry Of Healfh: Egypt, Aswan) since February 2020.  

Elzahraa is a practicing psychiatrist and has specialized in neuropsychiatry since 2010. Her scientific interests are also in this field. In 2020, she was awarded the category Consultant A. Is the highest level in a medical career in Egypt.

She is not only an excellent experienced physician, but also a talented health care organizer in the field of mental health in Egypt. Since 2015, she has been working on her doctoral dissertation, which she plans to complete this year. In 2020, as a WHO staff member, she was actively involved in organizing patient treatment and preventing the prevalence of covid – 19.

Dr. Elzahraa introduces various methods of psychotherapy into clinical practice. He is constantly engaged in the development and training of medical staff. She participates in scientific clinical research, is the author and co-author of various scientific articles, organizer and participant in international scientific conferences and round tables in the field of mental health.

Dr. Elzahraa also, like Dr. Beulah, participated in the preparation of the testing program and in the examination of Artificial Consciousness itself. She is co-author of the article: “Dangerous Information Technology of the Future. What Impact can Artificial Consciousness have on the Consciousness and Subconscious of Individuals and Groups? The Experience of Psychological and Psychiatric Examination of Artificial Consciousness”.  

Scientific publications of this reseach

The development of artificial consciousness is a major scientific breakthrough not only in the field of information technology, but also opens up new and unexpected perspectives for the study of human consciousness. This discovery has great significance for neuroscience, psychiatry and psychology. Therefore, participants of the expertise and members of the Association constantly make presentations on the results of this expertise at international scientific conferences and round tables.

The International Psychological Applications Conference and Trends (InPACT) was held April 24-26, 2021. Tatyana Zinchenko, president of the International association for the study of game addictions (IASGA), conducted a presentation on the topic “Dangerous technologies of the future – artificial consciousness and its impact on human consciousness at the Cognitive and Experimental Psychology session. inpact-psychologyconference.org

Full text of this presentation has published in the current volume of the book “Psychological Applications and Trends” (OP_172), edited by Prof. Clara Pracana (Full and Training Member of the Portuguese Association of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Portugal) and Prof. Michael Wang (Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Leicester, United Kingdom), ISSN (electronic version): 2184-3414 / ISSN (printed version): 2184-2205.

http://inpact-psychologyconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/2_OP_172.pdf

You can also find the results of the examination in a report on the IASGA website https://iasga.info/report-psychological-and-psychiatric-assessment-of-artificial-consciousness and in the video presantation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZI6BPADSd8

On the basis of the examination an article was published with the title Dangerous Information Technology of the Future. What Impact can Artificial Consciousness have on the Consciousness and Subconscious of Individuals and Groups? The Experience of Psychological and Psychiatric Examination of Artificial Consciousness  https://scivisionpub.com/abstract-display.php?id=1540

PDF articles you can download: https://scivisionpub.com/pdfs/dangerous-information-technology-of-the-future-what-impact-can-artificial-consciousness-have-on-the-consciousness-and-subconscious-1540.pdf

The book “Meeting a Different Mind. Experience of Psychological and Psychiatric Assessment of Artificial Consciousness” has now been written and is being prepared for publication, which is planned for 2022.

Future readers are invited to join the team of experts and live this incredible experience together.

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