No responses yet to this question. It seems to me a straightforward consequence of computationalism that we should be able to write a program which, when run, will experience pain, and I suspect that this would be a substantially simpler program than one demonstrating general intelligence. It would be very easy to program a computer or build a robot that would behave just like a living organism in pain, but I'm not sure that this is nearly enough to ensure that it is in fact experiencing pain. Any ideas, or references to sources that have considered the problem?
> If 3rd person behaviour can be taken as evidence of 1st person experience > what does that mean in the case of a machine emulating an organism in pain? > The ability to experience pain appears to be phylogenetically very old and > dependent on only very minimal cognitive ability. A person in the end stages > of dementia may make you wonder whether they are conscious at all, until they > start screaming in response to a painful stimulus and it becomes clear that > they must retain at least that most basic of conscious experiences. Building > a machine to emulate just the responses to pain would be a doddle compared to > building one that could walk, talk, be creative etc. Would such a machine > thereby actually experience the pain? If so, is it possible that I could run > a program on my computer which would experience pain if I move the mouse in a > particular way, or that I am inadvertently torturing the computer as I am > writing this? Stathis Papaioannou _________________________________________________________________ Be one of the first to try Windows Live Mail. http://ideas.live.com/programpage.aspx?versionId=5d21c51a-b161-4314-9b0e-4911fb2b2e6d --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com To unsubscribe from this group, send email to [EMAIL PROTECTED] For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---