Let's assume that at some hypothetical point in the future, we arrive at two results:
- Based on results like DesCartes or Kripke's, philosophers and logicians arrive at a conclusive proof in favor of dualism, something that might look like an incompleteness or undecidablility theorem, but with regards to the impossibility of reducing mental states to physical sates. Or maybe Chalmer's and Jackson's arguments regarding qualia are refined and become conclusive.
- At the same time, engineers finally achieve fully sentient strong AI. They are able to artificially construct computational devices which pass all sentience and intelligence tests (we assume that by then, there will be more advanced tests than Turing's). In fact some of these AI's, provided only with the information available to a human 5 year old and nothing else (i.e. they get no exposure whatsoever to advanced topics in philosophy and science, etc...), arrive on their own to the conclusion that "I think, therefore I am".
What would the implications of such a state of affairs be (i.e. that both dualism is true and strong AI is possible)?
- Would this mean that pan-psychism is true, since using engineering alone we were able to imbue a physical artificial device with mind-substance?
- Would such AI's be the proverbial philosophical zombie that several authors have speculated about?
- Dualism and strong AI are incompatible, and the above mentioned scenario is impossible?