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Posted by Mario Dovalina on July 6, 2001 01:40:26 UTC

Hi, Motumos.

Consider any basic living thing. A virus, for example. It only has a few hundred genes. Would you consider it conscious? I think the AI in a video game is certainly more "conscious" than a virus. How about a mold? Where do you draw the line?

Also, you could easily reduce something complex like human consciousness to a set of "If-Then" statements. If you are hungry, eat. If you have your hand on a hot iron, pull it away. You can measure the strength of the impulse from the nerve to the brain, the exact number of motor neurons the brain will stimulate, etc. If 10110110, 00101110.

As far as complex decision making goes, for example what to eat for dinner tonight, it is still the same process. Items in the refrigerator are given higher priority (lower threshold stimulus) than items at the grocery store. Items you personally like better or are better for you are given higher priority than foods you don't like or are bad for you. Items that take longer to prepare are weighed against your current level of hunger. It's a quite simple discrimination process. How does such a system differ from a computer except for complexity?

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