[ExI] Digital Consciousness .

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Tue Apr 30 07:42:17 UTC 2013

On Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 05:01:52PM +1000, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:

> The peculiar thing about qualia is that you can understand everything
> objectively about how they are generated but still have no idea what
> they are like, like a blind man who is a scientific expert on vision.
> But this, in itself, does not mean that qualia are magical or not
> reproducible by a computer.

Simple qualia like ability to tell light from darkness
are reproducible by single-cell organisms (Euglena)
or trivial robots with a photocell and a few transistors.

If you scrub the word clean from overweening philosophical
crud it's very simple.

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