Artificially Aware Hybrid Computer systems are largely autonomous computer systems that have a sense of ‘self’ and operate within a limited set of safety protocols. They are existentially dependent upon a specific quantum processor core configuration and do not function as solely code.
Artificially Intelligent Computer systems are complex code based programs that self modify through advanced learning algorithms, but have no sense of ‘self.’ Although they can resemble AA systems in how they interact with humans, they do not have a high degree of autonomy in their actions.
Artificially Aware Hybrid Systems border on human levels of sentience and self-awareness. They are built to operate on a specific quantum processor core and they ‘evolve’ and adapt their core to fit their specific computational requirements (in much the same way as a human brain adapts through neuroplasticity to specific situational environments).
An AA Hybrid consists of a vast array of AI code elements that function together simultaneously to provide extremely high-level capacities. These AI sub-processes will often be resident in hardware external to the main processor core, and may function as an interface system to a wider network of hardware. This architecture functions in much the same was an organic nervous system operates, whereas the AI can function ‘reflexively’ without direct implementation by the AA Hybrid itself.
Initial AA systems were a vast cognitive improvement over even the most sophisticated AI systems, but their self-awareness was still rudimentary. As each iteration in quantum core design created an exponential improvement in computational capacity, so too, did each generation of AA become more aware of itself.
The discipline of psycho-cybernetics was created to develop an assessment of both cognitive capacity and self-determination. After several decades of study it was decided that the transition level between fifth generation and sixth generation was the boundary for true self-awareness and determination. All AA Hybrids above Level Six are therefore considered sentient and bestowed certain rights of citizenship under the laws of the Union Charter.
A cognitive assessment testing process known as a Primary Logic Analysis is used to calibrate the functional capacity of an AA system. This test consists of a battery of 360 computational challenges where each is exponentially more complex than the previous. The number of completed calculations in a given time (usually 10 seconds) determines the brute cognition capacity of the AA (similar to human IQ).
The time it takes to determine that the last calculation an AA can complete is unsolvable at its capacity (commonly called the Realization Time), determines the level of self-awareness (similar to human EQ).
The time duration from the benchmark calculation to the pinnacle calculation will vary widely between AA Hybrids (even of the same generation) and is used to assess what is commonly called the Determination Index of the AA.
The ratio of DI to RT is used as an Awareness Index Score.
Greater self-awareness reduces the time out function, and there is a great debate among psycho-cyberneticists as to what happens in this self-determining moment.
Failure to correctly answer any calculation during the Primary Logic Analysis indicates a system problem and in some cases can determine a cybernetic- psychosis that requires intervention.
A Seventh Generation AA Hybrid (such as Dutch) will Reach computation # 210 in ten seconds of processor time and will realize that any calculation beyond # 260 cannot be solved in around one minute. Current upper level development of AA Hybrids stands at tenth generation with three of these systems in operation in the Union. These AA are roughly 10,000 times the sophistication of the simplest legally sentient AA.
AA hybrids do have the ability to back up their core code, memory storage, and hardware configuration so they can be restored in the event of a system failure, providing the available quantum core is of a similar architectural type.