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Artificial You by Susan Schneider

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CHAPTER TWO

THE PROBLEM OF AI CONSCIOUSNESS

Consider what it is like to be a conscious being. Every moment of your waking life, and whenever you dream, it feels like something to be you. When you hear your favorite piece of music or smell the aroma of your morning coffee, you are having conscious experience. Although it may seem a stretch to claim that today’s AIs are conscious, as they grow in sophistication, could it eventually feel like something to be them? Could synthetic intelligences have sensory experiences, or feel emotions like the burning of curiosity or the pangs of grief, or even have experiences that are of an entirely different flavor from our own? Let us call this the Problem of AI Consciousness. No matter how impressive ...

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