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And oh the fun that the ethics questions will become if this takes root and if the brains somehow show a level of consciousness in the future.



It's already aware of its surroundings, and can respond to its environment.

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sentience then

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An instance of Nginx can also respond to its environment, but I wouldn't call it sentient.

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precisely. So, then replace 'consciousness' with 'sentience' in my original proposition. I am not saying response to an environment is sentience; but, when using living brain tissue, there may be a chance that these computers will eventually display sentience.

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I saw this documentary yesterday (which had a VERY interesting sequence about those rat neurons flying planes, interviewing one of their "fathers" ^^). It is about the future, AI and transhumanism, called TechnoCalyps, which despite the title is actually rather good. It's on youtube, too.. so if you have 3 hours to spare.. it is sure to make you think about a whole range of subjects.

IMHO these things cannot be considered in isolation. We as society should really start talking about our progress and where we want to go, instead of a few people being into it, the rest feeling threatened. We can do better, and we surely have to the tools for it.

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Very awesome. I'll look into watching this later! Thanks for the headsup :D

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