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Everywhere mind: ‘Panpsychism’ takes hold in science

#Cosmoread; San Francisco – a man living in a simulation? Consciousness is nothing more than the firing of neurons in the brain? Or consciousness is a separate entity that permeates every speck of matter in the universe?

Many experts Susan MacTavish Best, a lifestyle which guru Living MacTavish, online event on February 16, a public television series and online resource, “The truth is, the closer” was organized by the Victorian home runs them in a salon subjects grappled with the world’s leading thinkers of humanity’s deepest questions facilitate discovery.

The answer to the future of artificial intelligence (AI) and the far-out concepts like mind to upload and virtual immortality could impact “What is consciousness,” Robert Lawrence Kuhn, producer, writer and “close to the truth, said the host.”

Panpsychism the materialism

Philosophers of consciousness have put forward several ideas. Materialist assumption that holds fully human consciousness can be explained by the firing of neurons in the brain, the mind-body dualism is different from the logic of the spirit or mind, can and likely longer, body. Under the assumption of panpsychism, ancient animistic ideas are a kind of boot again, every speck of matter is a kind of proto-consciousness. When collecting in certain ways, it all turns into a sense of awareness within the proto-consciousness. And second, eastern philosophy held that the only real thing in the universe is consciousness, Kuhn said.

Neuroscientists and materialistic philosophers usually planted himself firmly on the side. But a growing number of scientists now believe that materialism completely, “I am” in the sense that undergirds cannot explain consciousness, Kuhn told the audience.

One of those scientists Christof Koch, president of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle’s Chief Scientific Officer. In the event, he called the integrated information theory of consciousness to create a relatively recently described. Ideas, University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientist and psychiatrist Giulio Tononi argument put forward by the consciousness in the universe is in an as-yet unknown space.

A metric is called Phi, which is essentially the same over how much power is being transformed by the integrated information theory measures consciousness or object.

“Due to the strength of the system itself, the brain is like, so it feels like. You cause yourself a lot of power, so it seems like a lot to you,” coach said.

A radical new theory disconnects between intelligence and consciousness means the coach said. AI, which already get quite intelligent board game to beat the best human players might be subconscious, but basically because it is not able to act on its own.

A critic in the audience said that currently there is no way to test this theory, and the integrated information theory to deduce some common sense test fails when trying to do things that are conscious. (A thermostat, for example, the metric may be some low level of consciousness.) But the coach said he was not bothered by the notion. Many may not be aware of objects as people have to think about, something that is really dead while May is considered a much more consciousness than previously thought, the coach said.

Implications for AI and virtual immortality

A supercomputer that born again connecting, or the myriad connections between neurons in the human brain, you may be able coach and others right that strict materialism cannot explain consciousness, how it can be a sensitive implications for the computer to simulate the behavior of a human, but not conscious.

“You are at the center of our universe can simulate the mass of the black hole, but would never bend the space-time around a computer,” the coach said. “Supercomputers can simulate the effect of consciousness, but it is not consciousness.

Such kind of fake zombie AI consciousness, retaining all of the outward appearance of consciousness, but with no one inside the house, is said Kuhn. This implies that in order virtual immortality the way that many people cannot hope to get work from a computer to upload one’s mind, Kuhn added.

AI to make the conscious, researchers are working on technologies that they, perhaps more akin to neuromorphic computer may need to be developed, the coach said. (Such as computers, without any pre-program code operates, rather than somehow sensing and reacting to changes in their own physical states.)

Superintelligent AI somehow succeeded in creating human beings are able to, they can make sure the technology in a way that humanity betters, leading to his death rather than matures?

David Brin, a computer scientist and science fiction writer, the man to see their own lives to make sure AI’s human existence is not to make matters worse rather than better, could have suggested. For example, humans have evolved in part to a long life span so they can nurture children through childhood unprecedented long, the Brain suggested.

So perhaps the safest way to raise children in our AI is taking a blank-slate “proto AI and put in a helpless body, and then under the guidance of the world experience,” Brin said. “If that is the way by which we get AI, so maybe we’ll get a soft landing, because we know how to do.”