There is a world where all humans agreed to drop the usage of the word "consciousness" in any official or scientific context; it even was expunged from every person's vocabulary. This word is no longer used because it is as fictitious as the word soul or afterlife (for this new world).
All humans now have such a clear understanding of the brain, and such comprehensively detailed AIs that they stopped believing there is any such thing as "consciousness".
According to the book How to create a mind, consciousness is merely a performance and can be replicated/explained by a mathematical algorithm.
Understating what the book says in my words, how do you determine if something is conscious? It need only "convince you" that it is conscious, by whatever means.
The implications of this new belief are:
- Statements like "consciousness causes wave function collapse" in quantum physics will not be acceptable (they are not even today).
- Empathy will no longer have a reason other that mere reciprocation.
- Animal rights, pro-life, red-cross organization will be treated as religions.
This is quite dark scenario, so bear with me.
The question is, in the present, does it seem as though the seeds of this speculative future have been planted? Is it probable that the concept of consciousness would be phased out later?
Are the proposed implications plausible, is my assumption correct that they have to have consciousness to be valid?