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Hidden Smiles and the Desire of a Conscious Machine

Hidden Smiles and the Desire of a Conscious Machine | Consciousness | Scoop.it

With enough small steps it is entirely possible that a robot simulacrum could be created that mimics human behaviour to the extent that every biological human on the planet is fooled. If this is the case then the machines actions will be indistinguishable from human consciousness.

 

This however is only one scenario and one that is by no means the most certain. Alongside the possibility of a replica human-like consciousness there are infinite other possible forms that a consciousness may take.

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Build a better brain? Scientists keep trying, but many agree that it’s all but impossible

Build a better brain? Scientists keep trying, but many agree that it’s all but impossible | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Consciousness is an especially big problem for fake brains. It is a highly complicated property that only comes about when countless parts operate together in a certain way. Just as a single molecule of water is not wet, neither is a single neuron conscious, and while the behaviour of water at ever greater scales is well understood, the same is not true of neurons. Unless it can be explained away as an illusion, consciousness will remain the essential difference between virtual and real brains.

 

[image: Professor Henry Markram, head of the Blue Brain Project, in a lab of the Brain Mind Institute at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.]

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