Could Consciousness Emerge from a Machine Language?
Kaess (Genevieve)
Source: Macalester Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 20: Iss. 1, 2011, Article 8
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  1. Behaviorists believe the following: if the output of artificial intelligence1 could pass for human behavior, AI must be treated as if it produces consciousness.
  2. I will argue that this is not necessarily so. Behaviorism might be useful in the short term, since we do not know what causes consciousness, but in the long term it embodies an unnecessary hopelessness.
  3. I will attempt to establish in this essay that certain empirical knowledge of consciousness is within the realm of possibility. I will then use my own definition of certain knowledge to shed light on ways in which computer programming falls short of producing human-like consciousness.


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