Peter Jones writes:

> Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> > Various people write:
> >
> > > blah blah ...recording... blah blah... consciousness... blah blah
> >
> > But WHY can't a recording be conscious? How do I know I'm not in
> > a recording at the moment?
> The question is why you don't regard the recordings in your video
> cabinet as conscious. Well, if you do, you have probably murdered
> some people by taping over them.

I'm responsible for a misunderstanding if you thought I meant "recording" 
in the usual sense of the word, i.e. a copy of a limited subset (sound or 
video, for example) of a subject's attributes over a period of time. What 
I intended was a copy of all of the subject's attributes, but constrained 
so that it will run the same way over and over, like an automaton. For 
example, if you have an elaborate computer game with characters with 
whom you can interact so they pass the Turing test, you can record the 
whole session, including your keyboard inputs, and "play" it a second time. 
The computer goes through exactly the same states the second time around, 
but it really has no choice: the recording constrains its behaviour as rigidly 
as a video tape constrains the behaviour of the video player and TV (actually 
more rigidly, since there is always some variation between runs with analogue 
systems). Would you say that the characters in the game are conscious on 
the first run but not on the second?

Stathis Papaioannou
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