[ExI] Is Artificial Life Conscious?

Giulio Prisco giulio at gmail.com
Wed Apr 27 10:10:56 UTC 2022

On 2022. Apr 24., Sun at 7:56, Jason Resch via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> I recently posted this question recently to the everything list
> <https://groups.google.com/g/everything-list/c/Ga8KWzjM_dk>, but I know
> many here are also deeply interested in the topic of consciousness so, I
> thought I should post it to this group too. My question was:
> These "artificial life" forms, (seen here
> <https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLq_mdJjNRPT11IF4NFyLcIWJ1C0Z3hTAX>),
> have neural networks that evolved through natural selection, can adapt to a
> changing environment, and can learn to distinguish between "food" and
> "poison" in their environment.
> If simple creatures like worms or insects are conscious, (because they
> have brains, and evolved), then wouldn't these artificial life forms be
> conscious for the same reasons?

I think whether ALife forms are conscious or not depends on their physical

> Why or why not?
> Jason
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