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Artificial You by Susan Schneider

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CHAPTER THREE

CONSCIOUSNESS ENGINEERING

Once we saturate the matter and energy in the universe with intelligence, it will ‘wake up,’ be conscious, and sublimely intelligent. That’s about as close to god as I can imagine.

RAY KURZWEIL

Machine consciousness, if it ever exists, may not be found in the robots that tug at our heartstrings, like R2D2. It may instead reside in some unsexy server farm in the basement of a computer science building at MIT. Or perhaps it will exist in some top-secret military program and get snuffed out, because it is too dangerous or simply too inefficient. AI consciousness likely depends on phenomena that we cannot, at this point, gauge, such as whether some microchip yet to be invented has the right configuration, ...

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