The Singularity, Virtual Immortality and the Trouble with Consciousness (Op-Ed)
Trying To Define Consciousness
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Artificial Intelligence: Singularity and Virtual Immortality
The growth of technology and Artificial Intelligence(AI) is on track to provide us with:
Inner Awareness and AI
... or self-awareness is something many scientists and philosophers are discussing. The fact that there is consciousness inside us, is a big problem for those developing AI, as no matter what they do, and how technologically superior the product is, nobody can explain or even fathom the juggernaut of consciousness.
Qualia: Experiencing Sensations
Qualia relates to the raw sensations of experience, like colours, smells, sounds.
It is through our actual experience that we know what something tastes, looks or smells like, and it is not some information already drilled inside our brains on birth. We have to experience sensations to understand them.
Consciousness In Computers
" To be truly conscious, an entity must be of a certain kind that can constrain its past and future — and certainly a simulation is not of that kind."
... is a ripe area of debate, with some neuroscientists saying that it is not possible to transfer the entire person in a computer, and even if it is done successfully, the resulting entity would not be that person, but a ‘zombie’ who acts like that person.
These computers, armed with our mental information, may seem very intelligent and will claim that they are conscious, but they are not.
The Two Conjectures
Trying To Define Consciousness
Superstrong AI Being Conscious
Digitizing The Self and Virtual Immortality
Virtual Immortality follows a similar path, depending on how we define consciousness.
The Self, Copied
In case a digital replication procedure does work perfectly, there is an unanswered question of where the self would be, if, for example, it is replicated five times. It can lead to various possibilities in the self:
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Mindfulness meditation asks us to suspend judgment and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness, to ourselves and others.
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