On Tue, Oct 01, 2013 at 10:09:03AM -0700, meekerdb wrote:
> On 10/1/2013 4:13 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
> >Note also that the expression "computation have qualia" can be
> >misleading. A computation has no qualia, strictly speaking. Only a
> >person supported by an infinity of computation can be said to have
> >qualia, or to live qualia.
> Why an infinity of computation??  That would preclude my building an
> intelligent robot having qualia, since it's computations would
> always be finite.  And I doubt there is room in my head for infinite
> computations - certainly not digital ones.

He is alluding to the universal dovetailer here, which contains an
infinite number of distinct computations that implement any given
conscious state.

However, it is not clear that it is necessary for it to be infinite -
in a nonrebust world that doesn't contain a UD, we still consider the
possbility of conscious computations in the MGA.


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