[ExI] Digital Consciousness
bbenzai at yahoo.com
Sat May 4 11:05:17 UTC 2013
Gordon, I have a question for you.
Do you agree or deny that a digital computer could, in principle, run a simulation that imitated, in every way, a human mind, including referring to itself, reporting that it has internal states like emotions, and displaying all the intelligence of a human mind?
Never mind issues like "would it really be conscious", I'm just talking about behaviour, both responses to outside stimuli and self-generated behaviour. Don't worry either about how it would be done. It could be a giant lookup table, or some fiendishly clever C++ programming, or a multi-level simulator, with virtual machines within virtual machines. Doesn't matter in the slightest. Just focus on its behaviour.
What's your opinion? Such a system is possible, or not?
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