[ExI] Fwd: New article: EM Field Theory of Consciousness

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Sat Jun 18 17:15:35 UTC 2022

On Sat, 18 Jun 2022 at 17:32, spike jones via extropy-chat
<extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> Billw as I understand it, the two brains perceive something different but both know to call that perception red.
> I leave it to the qualia hipsters to debate that, for I don’t know enough about qualia to contribute.
> The substrate question is critically important to me, for if we can get silicon to see whatever we perceive as red and call it red, then it suggests it can learn a bunch of other perceptions and act like a human.
> Concern: a machine can have abilities we can never have.  It can shine a white light, measure a reflected 430 THz, or 700 nm, call it red, and be perfectly correct while perceiving nada.
> One of the biggest challenges in AI is if we create one which convinces us it is conscious but isn’t, any more than Eliza was back in the day.  How many of us here have had a heart to… chip with Eliza?  Plenty I would suppose.  We knew that one wasn’t real, but it was fun to pretend, a great toy.  What if we are no longer sure it isn’t real?
> spike
> _______________________________________________

You can still chat to Eliza today. Several versions are online.
The description says that it emulates a Rogerian psychotherapist.
This version seems to work OK.


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