Sun, 3 Mar 2002 18:03:52 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
There are two only two kinds of consciousness. Your own, which you know
exists because you feel it, and everyone else's, which you know exists
because they have passed a Turing test. For the second kind there's no
difference between the Turing test you give to a box of cake mix and the
Turing test you give your mom.
> I think many technologists conflate the issues of "intelligence"
> and "consciousness". Passing a "Turing Test" would mean
> something, but not necessarily that the passing entity is
> self-aware -- no matter how strongly it insists
> 'I' 'am' 'self-aware', 'really'!
> - Gordon