1. What is consciousness?
When something reacts to its environment in appropriate ways we are inclined to say it is
conscious, it’s aware.
First answer: coordination of outputs with inputs
And then we start to worry about the question whether machines can think
Objection 1: is Watson conscious?
Objection 2: the Chinese Room
Suppose that I know English perfectly well, and that I am completely ignorant of
Imagine that I am put into a room by myself and
A distinction: Aconsciousness and Pconsciousness
(Access consciousness and Phenomenal consciousness)
Kind of awareness that we ascribe to anything that reacts appropriately to its
The awareness of awareness that is bound up with private, internal states
Machines can Athink,
but they ca