Monday, 24 April 2017
organisms respond sensitively to their environments and some organismic sensitivity is also conscious sensation;
mechanisms, like clocks, have internal parts that move in ways predetermined by their manufacturers;
a machine is a mechanism, not an organism;
a program is a set of rules applied unconsciously (mechanically or electronically) by a machine;
a human being is an organism and a human personality is self-conscious.
So can a personality be downloaded into a program?
However: can electronic interactions within a sensitive artifact duplicate the functions of electrochemical interactions within an organic brain?
I don't know. I am just trying to clarify what we are talking about.
Fictions about AIs: it is difficult to follow a narrative when viewpoint characters voluntarily undergo temporary partial amnesia. In John C. Wright's The Golden Age, Helion says that he must reexperience being burned to death while forgetting that this is a simulation but will remember on waking what the pain was for. What was it for? I have lost the thread but am not engaged enough with the characters to want to reread and find out.