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Old 05-16-2019, 04:20 PM
begbert2 is offline
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Originally Posted by Voyager View Post
I agree. The confusion here is that there seems to be an assumption that the consciousness can be loaded into a general purpose computer, whereas if you could perfectly emulate the brain and all its peculiarities and inputs the consciousness would come with it more or less automatically.

The standard science-fictional treatment gets this wrong also.
Well, thanks to Turing-completeness, any "general purpose" computer could be made to run a simulation program that could handle the intricacies of emulating the brain/mind and the environment it will be reacting to.

That simulation program would probably take more than one CD to install, though.

Last edited by begbert2; 05-16-2019 at 04:21 PM.