Re: How would a computer know if it were conscious?

From: Colin Hales <>
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2007 10:48:07 +1000 (EST)

Sorry about the previous post... I did it from the the Google
list....something weird happened.

Hi folks,
Re: How would a computer know if it were conscious?


The computer would be able to go head to head with a human in a competition.
The competition?
Do science on exquisite novelty that neither party had encountered.
(More interesting: Make their life depend on getting it right. The
survivors are conscious).

Only conscious entities can do open ended science on the exquisitely novel.
You cannot teach something how to deal with the exquisitely novel because
you haven't any experience of it to teach. It means that the entity must
be configurted as a machine that "learns how to learn something". This is
one meta-level removed from your usual AI situation. It's what humans do.
During neogenesis and development, humans 'learn how to learn how to

If the computer/scientist can match the human/'s as
conscious as a human. It must be.

colin hales

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