On 8/22/2011 10:56 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
If you make it a 3D-hologram of an actress, with
odorama and VR touchback tactile interfaces, then is it a zombie? If
you connect this thing up to a GPS instead of a cinematically scripted
liturgy and put it in an information kiosk, does it become a zombie
then? I don't see much of a difference.

Behaviorally they have no difference with human. Conceptually they are quite different, because they lack consciousness and any private experiences. With comp, such zombies are non sensical, or trivial. Consciousness is related to the abstract relations involved in the most probable computations leading to your actual 3-states.

Hmmm. So could your actual 3-state occur in something inanimate? In other words is the state itself dynamic or static. Static seems to be the concept evoked by "states in a Turing machine" and "observer moments". But then the same computations that lead to your 3-state also lead to the 3-state in something inanimate. Are we to conclude that the inanimate thing then also experiences that state of consciousness (although always the same one).


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