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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Consciousness: Is It an Engineering Problem?


We could build an artificial brain that believes itself to be conscious. Does that mean we have solved the hard problem?

Michael Graziano | July 10, 2015

The brain is a machine: a device that processes information. That’s according to the last 100 years of neuroscience. And yet, somehow, it also has a subjective experience of at least some of that information. Whether we’re talking about the thoughts and memories swirling around on the inside, or awareness of the stuff entering through the senses, somehow the brain experiences its own data. It has consciousness. How can that be?
That question has been called the ‘hard problem’ of consciousness, where ‘hard’ is a euphemism for ‘impossible’. 

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