Chapter 2-17 An Operational Model of Consciousness - Computers, Simulations, Artificial Intelligence, and Us

Author: Tom Campbell. Link to original: http://bit.ly/y4Mfk3 (English).
Tags: Campbell, Tom Campbell, метафизика, наука, сознание, физика Submitted by kostyazen 16.01.2016. Public material.
Chapter 17 of book 2

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into Russian: Глава 2-17. Операционная модель сознания - компьютеры, симуляции, искусственный интелект и мы. Translated in draft, editing and proof-reading required.
Submitted for translation by kostyazen 16.01.2016

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Pulling things together from previous chapters would be a good place to start. We have earlier developed the concept that we, and the reality (OS) we appear to exist within, are simulated entities in TBC, which represents a portion of the mind or consciousness of the evolving AUM.

Now we will carry that idea a little further by discussing the attributes of advanced simulations and how they, and their simulated entities, parallel the operational nature of our local reality.

In many ways, we are not that different from the entities that we simulate in our computers. Operationally, there are many similarities while the few differences are mostly differences in the quality and richness of the input data (from our primary five sensors), the extensive use of parallel processing and feedback loops, and the capacity of our dedicated processing equipment (brain and central nervous system). You may be surprised to discover how functionally similar we are to some of our digital creations even though we are of radically dissimilar substance, motivation, limitations, and construction.

It would seem that the single most significant difference between us and what we might create within a computer is our free will to make choices that reflect and define the quality of our evolving consciousness. We, it would appear, are unique and fundamentally superior to digitally simulated entities because we possess a nonphysical component and a will that is free to make decisions, express intent and complex motivation, and evolve itself. From a similar but different perspective, we humans are special (at least in our view) because it appears that we have emotions and a soul while simulated entities in digital computers obviously do not.

The belief that humanity exclusively possesses a nonphysical part (soul) is a human conceit that leads many of our species to place themselves in a superior role to all other (lesser) life-forms, and doubly so to digital creations. Nevertheless, we will soon see that even this great source of human pride and distinction that seemingly would set us apart from any simulation, no matter how sophisticated, has its simulation analog and is perhaps not as important a distinction as it initially appears.

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