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I think that it is certainly possible to construct a device that is conscious, and to construct a true Artificial General Intelligence (I don't know if the latter requires the former, and I don't think anyone else knows this either). After all, a human is itself such a device. However I also see no evidence whatever, a lot of contrary arguments, for ...


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Nobody has ever found any credible evidence that the human brain is anything besides a very complicated computer running strange software. Nobody has ever found any credible evidence that humans are not the same thing as p-zombies. In particular, you don't have any credible evidence that you're not a p-zombie. "But that's ridiculous," you may say. &...


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You ask for "a good argument" for the idea that consciousness is possible in a simulation. I'm not sure that any such argument exists, because in the absence of any agreement as to what consciousness actually is, or any objective way to measure or define it, it is impossible to meaningfully argue. However, I will attempt to present one ...


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What is consciousness? There isn't a commonly accepted definition of consciousness (that I'm aware of). This lack of a precise definition presents the first and biggest problem in providing a concrete answer to "can artificial intelligence be conscious". The Wikipedia page on animal consciousness goes into a bit of detail about this. It lists one ...


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Materialism perspective One of the arguments for the possibility of simulated minds comes from the assumption that in general, physics can be simulated. If all physics can be simulated, then it must be conceptually possible to simulate (among other things) all the processes happening on Earth, including biology, cells, organisms, living beings and also ...


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Saying that consciousness is not possible in a simulated being has strange consequences as well. Suppose that we create a simulation that is very much like a human being. Say, we do your case 2 on someone who has never been interested in consciousness yet, and then unfortunately the real person dies, but the simulation carries on and then becomes ...


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You are correct in finding this position absurd. And it's not just philosophers and comp. scientists but also physicists, like Brian Greene, who openly admit that what they think, is that consciousness is "created" by computation/symbol manipulation. There are three points I'd like to make. They never define what is this "consciousness" ...


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this is a debate that has been going on for hundreds if not thousands of years, and will go on for many more. there are many arguments on both sides of the "trench" and I assume that you are familiar with some of them given that you know of the term philosophical zombie. My take on this question is that it is possible that you are aware of ...


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Probably, what he's trying to get at is that there is a way to encode in arithmetic the notion of 𐌵 being a provable sentence in K so that, if arithmetic was complete, then that sentence could be proved or disproved in arithmetic. You are absolutely correct. Godel showed (via his β-lemma) that one can encode finite sequences of natural numbers as natural ...


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Probably, what he's trying to get at is that there is a way to encode in arithmetic the notion of 𐌵 being a provable sentence in K so that, if arithmetic was complete, then that sentence could be proved or disproved in arithmetic. I don't think that's what he's getting at, actually. What he appears to be suggesting is that you could write a computer ...


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