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* Then in 1974 Thomas Nagel asked What Is It Like to Be a Bat?<ref>Thomas Nagel,  ''What Is It Like to Be a Bat?'' The Philosophical Review, '''Vol. 83''', No. 4 (1974-10), pp. 435-450 https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/iatl/study/ugmodules/humananimalstudies/lectures/32/nagel_bat.pdf</ref> This really changed the view point of the discussion since it became clear that perception and hence [[Consciousness]] might not be that same for every living organism.
 
* Then in 1974 Thomas Nagel asked What Is It Like to Be a Bat?<ref>Thomas Nagel,  ''What Is It Like to Be a Bat?'' The Philosophical Review, '''Vol. 83''', No. 4 (1974-10), pp. 435-450 https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/iatl/study/ugmodules/humananimalstudies/lectures/32/nagel_bat.pdf</ref> This really changed the view point of the discussion since it became clear that perception and hence [[Consciousness]] might not be that same for every living organism.
 
* In a review for the New Yorker Elizbeth Kolbert<ref>Elizbeth Kolbert, ''Contact'' New Yorker (2022-06-13) p. 22ff https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/06/13/the-strange-and-secret-ways-that-animals-perceive-the-world-ed-yong-immense-world-tom-mustill-how-to-speak-whale?utm_campaign=cm&utm_source=crm&utm_brand=tny</ref> extended the question to a wide variety of animals, like the Scallop which as a variable number of "eyes" and no single brain to process the inputs.
 
* In a review for the New Yorker Elizbeth Kolbert<ref>Elizbeth Kolbert, ''Contact'' New Yorker (2022-06-13) p. 22ff https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/06/13/the-strange-and-secret-ways-that-animals-perceive-the-world-ed-yong-immense-world-tom-mustill-how-to-speak-whale?utm_campaign=cm&utm_source=crm&utm_brand=tny</ref> extended the question to a wide variety of animals, like the Scallop which as a variable number of "eyes" and no single brain to process the inputs.
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* ‘An Immense World’ Is a Thrilling Tour of Nonhuman Perception. Ed Yong’s book urges readers to break outside their “sensory bubble” to consider the unique ways that dogs, dolphins, mice and other animals experience their surroundings.<ref>Ed Yong, ''An Immense World - How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us</ref>
 
* So perhaps there is no reason to expect that [[Artificial Consciousness]] would or should be anything like human [[Consciousness]].
 
* So perhaps there is no reason to expect that [[Artificial Consciousness]] would or should be anything like human [[Consciousness]].
  

Revision as of 12:03, 2 July 2022

Subtitle

What is it like to be an Artificial Intelligence?

Context

  • 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 perception and hence Consciousness might not be that same for every living organism.
  • In a review for the New Yorker Elizbeth Kolbert[2] extended the question to a wide variety of animals, like the Scallop which as a variable number of "eyes" and no single brain to process the inputs.
  • ‘An Immense World’ Is a Thrilling Tour of Nonhuman Perception. Ed Yong’s book urges readers to break outside their “sensory bubble” to consider the unique ways that dogs, dolphins, mice and other animals experience their surroundings.[3]
  • So perhaps there is no reason to expect that Artificial Consciousness would or should be anything like human Consciousness.

References

  1. Thomas Nagel, What Is It Like to Be a Bat? The Philosophical Review, Vol. 83, No. 4 (1974-10), pp. 435-450 https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/iatl/study/ugmodules/humananimalstudies/lectures/32/nagel_bat.pdf
  2. Elizbeth Kolbert, Contact New Yorker (2022-06-13) p. 22ff https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/06/13/the-strange-and-secret-ways-that-animals-perceive-the-world-ed-yong-immense-world-tom-mustill-how-to-speak-whale?utm_campaign=cm&utm_source=crm&utm_brand=tny
  3. Ed Yong, An Immense World - How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us