Good question and not one we can easily dismiss! Consciousness is miniaturized in the grand scheme of things. Consciousness, or what philosopher Alfred North Whitehead calls in his philosophical cosmology the "higher phases of experience," is an exception in experience, more than the rule. Deleuze and Guattari concur. As Whitehead makes abundantly clear in Process and Reality, “The principle that I am adopting is that consciousness presupposes experience, and not experience consciousness. It is a special element in the subjective forms of some feelings. Thus an actual entity may, or may not, be conscious of some part of its experience. Its experience is its complete formal constitution, including its consciousness, if any” (1978, 53).
Consciousness presupposes experience, but not vice versa. This makes consciousness a rarity or exception in the universe, which means it is both a blessing and curse. The Manhattan Project under Oppenheimer's supervision or apocolyptic hysteria around Open AI wiping out humanity quickly bring to mind how human consciousness can be self-destructive or cannibalizing to all species. Not to mention, we have been recently demystified about our cognitive powers, especially when it comes to memory and recall while residing in the technosphere.
Perhaps consciousness is a pathology or cancer of the cosmos. This is all speculation, but we live in the dusk of human consciousness as philosophers, psychologists, and pastors have known or understood it over the past several hundred years. We are unraveling new mysteries about emerging consciousness that will finally give us more opportunities to develop contrasts and take on more computing competitors, in the race for hyper-cognition.