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The frustrating quest to define consciousness

The frustrating quest to define consciousness

Never mind determining whether a robot can be conscious, we can’t even decide what the word means

“I think, therefore I am.” This is the one fact of which you and I can be absolutely certain, but only in regards to ourselves. Each of us knows, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we are consciously experiencing the world. But we’re having a pretty hard time figuring out what that means and how it might apply to other animals or the future of technology. More…

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