Re: Computer reads minds

From: Brent Meeker <>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 13:35:59 -0800

John Mikes wrote:
> Brent:
> 2 questions (and pls try to take them seriously):
> 1. do you have a common-sensibly expressible meaning for 'conscious' -
> in this respect, of machines (computers being so? (conscious of - is
> easier, but also not obvious).

Short answer - Not a well defined one.

Which is why it is an interesting question whether the computer that is "reading a mind" partakes of consciousness. Consider the extension of this technology to a person, who through injury, had no other way of communicating except as the computer "read their mind". Would that computer be part of consciousness?

> 2. The BBC article allows 'scans' to inform about 'theoretical' (or
> whatever is the appropriate word they use) topics. Do they have a
> price-list: how many mAmps refer to 'delusional aberration' vs. how many
> to 'inductive prognostication'?

Not that I know of.

Brent Meeker

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