[ExI] [Exl] Digital Consciousness

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Fri May 3 07:45:40 UTC 2013

On Fri, May 3, 2013 at 8:29 AM, Stathis Papaioannou  wrote:
> The matter in the brain follows rigid, mechanistic rules. The same
> rules that the matter in computers follows. You claim that mind comes
> out of the matter in the brain, but it is impossible for mind to come
> out of the matter in a computer. How can you be so sure about this?
> What is the special spark in the brain that is lacking in other
> collections of matter? How can we add this special spark to a
> television or a tree, say, to give it a mind? Would it be easier with
> an old fashioned analogue TV than with the newer digital ones?

You need to answer the question 'What is life'?
What makes a cell 'alive' as opposed to dead matter?

Once that is answered, then we can set about making our computers 'alive'.


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