Artificial Consciousness

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What is it like to be an Artificial Intelligence?


  • In the 1960's there was a ferocious debate about whether any computer could think. The primary objection was that even if it was quite clever, no machine could understand what it did. In other works, no computer could have Consciousness even if we could not describe what it was. Click on the link (Consciousness) for more about the controversy.
  • Then in 1974 Thomas Nagel asked What Is It Like to Be a Bat?[1] This really changed the view point of the discussion since it became clear that Consciousness might not be that same for every living organism.


  1. Thomas Nagel, What Is It Like to Be a Bat? The Philosophical Review, Vol. 83, No. 4 (1974-10), pp. 435-450