[ExI] Do digital computers feel?

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Sun Jan 22 04:07:26 UTC 2017

On Sun., 22 Jan. 2017 at 2:09 pm, John Clark <johnkclark at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Jan 21, 2017 Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
> ​>​
>  The "hard problem" can still be stated if consciousness is substrate
> dependent
> ​<Does your consciousness change after you've had 5 or 6 beers? If it
> does then you've ​
> ​proven that a change to the substrate (in this case a increase in the
> number of C2H6O molecules) can lead to a change in consciousness. >
> Substrate-independence means you can implement the software on any
> hardware and get the same result. For example, you can run a Commodore 64
> game on a computer impossible lamented with vacuum tubes running Microsoft
> Windows 95 running a Coomodore 64 emulator. The idea of computationalism is
> that you can do this with the brain as well, replacing neurons with
> computers that emulate the relevant neural activity and have appropriate
> sensors to interface with the surrounding neural tissue. Hans Moravec wrote
> a well known version of this neural replacement thought experiment.
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