I was most fascinated to read the analogy about the person in the “black box” with only two slots, INPUT and OUTPUT, and the rule book. I disagree with the notion that such a system can be considered conscious.
This system is just an automaton, doing only what it is programmed to do. If the system, on it’s own, without any input, said, “Hello, how are you?”, we would know that it was conscious, because it had an original thought.
Re-boot it: ifi it still doesn’t work, boot it out the window