In what ways does a computer mind differ from a human mind?
If we were to produce a genome that had genes necessary for a human brain, and then injected this into a suitable host germ cell, would the finished product have a consciousness? Would it be artificial?
What properties of this organism would be responsible for its consciousness?
Can we design a conscious computer with non-biological properties?
Lets look at the popular requirements of a conscious entity.
Consciousness is a quality of the mind generally regarded to comprise qualities such as subjectivity, self-awareness, sentience, and sapience.
[a]Subjectivity_ Proceeding from or taking place in a entity's mind rather than the external world
[b]Self-awareness_ Aware of oneself, including one's traits, feelings, and behaviors
[c]Sentience_ The ability to feel or perceive
[d]Sapience_ The ability of an organism or entity to act with judgement
[A] The calculations, acts, data stimuli reception, and data output all happens, or at least starts, within the parameters of what we define a computer(mind) as.
[b] A computer can be programmed to distinguish itself in a mirror using advanced image recognition software. A computer can also be aware of its traits, such as monitoring its heat levels.
[C] This is a tricky one. What qualifies as a feeling? A human finger can touch a hot surface and perceive that it is hot. A computer can do the same thing by placing an appendage on a hot surface, detecting the temperature using a built in thermometer, then perceive and collect the data for conclusion making.
[D] Computers can collect vast amounts of data, argubly our equivalent of knowledge, and calculate and act out conclusions accordingly.
Why can't computers be conscious?