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Questions tagged [consciousness]

Of or related to consciousness - the state of being self-aware.

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How could a government be implemented in a virtual reality? [closed]

In the not so far future a lot of people live inside virtual realities. But there are not only humans living in these virtual worlds but also machines (programs/AI/bots/etc...) on different levels of ...
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What would the psychological effects be of being a clone? [closed]

Let's set up a scenario; You are rich and powerful. Important to the government for one reason or another, may be 20 or 100. Age doesn't matter because when you die you will be reborn, as a clone. ...
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Ways to spot non-sentient, non-conscious, telepathic shapeshifters [closed]

In my world, there is a race of shapeshifting creatures, capable of convincingly looking like normal humans in order to lure them and prey upon them. These creatures, however, are non-sentient and non-...
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What species should be used for storage of human minds?

The business of mind storage became a profitable one, after the discovery of a magical process that allows the memories and personality of a living being to be transferred into another body. ...
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How can I prevent an oracle who can see into the past from knowing everything that has happened?

Our study of human history has numerous problems. 99% of history isn’t recorded. Writing has been around only for 5 thousand years, and much of what we know comes from archaeological evidence. ...
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How can AI distinguish conscious and subconscious instructions? [closed]

In the near future everything is connected and can think. Robots walk the street but only to control traffic and pick up rubbish, etc. Nowadays, robots don't simply execute an instruction given ...
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How would Asiimov's “Three Laws of Robotics” be enforced effectively for robots built by private companies? [closed]

For a storytelling project, I'm trying to imagine a world in which fairly advanced, bipedal robots are being developed and produced by private companies. As these robots would be capable of easily ...
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Scientifically Understandable Souls? [closed]

Going by our understanding of science and physics as of the time of this posting, how could souls (or something close enough to the idea of the soul to have possibly inspired it) exist and continue ...
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Can the future theoretically be predicted through analyzing the exact patterns of the universe? [closed]

My neuroscience is a little fuzzy, so bear with me. If your wondering how this ties in with world building, it's for a science fiction novel I'm writing, in which there is no magic. I am hoping to ...
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On transferring human consciousness to a computer, roughly how much memory and processing power would it take? [duplicate]

Designing my own RPG, and transferring human consciousness into machines is a part of the background. Wondering what are the real world numbers for doing such a thing. Memory, processing power, heat ...
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What would a modern civilization look like if they aren't allowed to write? [closed]

CASE: There is a sentient life form that is snake-like in appearance, and cannot have the means to write or perform elaborate body gestures due to a lack of fine motor skills. Their only proof of ...
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How would mind transfer work and how many minds/memories could a brain hold? [closed]

Many science fiction stories feature the concepts of mind uploading and consciousness transfer. Let's assume that the personalities of the two people in one mind function sort of like dissociative ...
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Scientific basis to assume consciousness could survive if your body matter was disintegrated, then “magically” reconstituted? [closed]

Lets assume that some mechanism, magical or scientific, existed such that an individual could be vaporized, i.e, every atom in the body separated by some larger-than-normal distance from every other ...
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Is an uncanny valley of consciousness upload feasible? [closed]

I am interested in exploring the idea of the development of consciousness uploading/brain scanning technologies. Exploring the alpha stages of the technologies. So, you might get a partial ...
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Is the un-defining of Consciousness in the book “How to Create a Mind” holds up? [closed]

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 ...
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Split-brain double identity

My character have a split brain (severed connection between left and rigt hemispheres). What is unique about his case is that not both hemispheres have the same identity any more. From what I ...
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Is there a possibility for an AI to download someone's brain via USB stick? [closed]

As you can see, the USB stick is extending from the possessed robot's finger. The USB stick extends its way straight to the person. If it touches the person, then it'll download the person's ...
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Can you have brain uploading without having solved the binding problem?

Sort of a jumping-off point from my last question, I speak of the "binding problem" that currently plagues neuroscience and cognitive studies, and which plays a large role in debating AI and whole ...
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How to define artificial intelligence (AI)? [closed]

It is very strange. Most people see AI as digital entity of consciousness (that may sooner or later turn against people - like in Matrix or Star Trek: The Movie, or even Transcendence). But is it ...
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How to explain truly emotional ghosts?

No, not like that!!! The Oxford Dictionary defines: Ghost as "an apparition of a dead person which is believed to appear or become manifest to the living, typically as a nebulous image". Basically ...
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What would be the psychological consequences of clones being synchronized on a regular basis?

When confronted with cloning which leaves the original alive, there is the known issue that the clone could want to replace the original (e.g. as seen in The 6th day). A shared consciousness is very ...
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Inducing Ignorance in the Brain

Context: Brains in Vats and Virtual Reality on Steroids In the (reasonably near) future, humans have developed the field of medicine significantly, and we now have the technology to isolate the ...
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Can “photographic memory” evolve?

According to multiple reputable sources, the idea of "photographic memory" in humans is a myth. While some people may be unusually adept at certain things involving memory - like remembering the ...
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Making humans 'see' in slow motion

According to several sources, all organisms process information at different rates - to a fly, the world is in slow motion (relative to humans), for instance, but to a pigeon, the world may move ...
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How do you solve the copied consciousness conundrum without killing anyone?

What do digital immortality, teleportation, the show Doctor Who, and a horror game released in 2015 have in common? The idea of copied consciousness. Each of these examples relies on copying the ...
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What would be the first feelings/thoughts/experiences a building would undergo if it was given sentience? [closed]

In architecture they often discuss the idea of creating a "living building" that responds to its environmental conditions. I was curious, if you were able to create a building and give this building ...
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Building an Ethics Framework for use of Uploaded Personalities

Five years ago, our company reached the stage where we were able to create, maintain, and communicate with digitized brain transfer images. These trials were conducted on patients with life-limiting ...
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The problem of Rights of Synthetics [closed]

The basis: In the future there exists what I call "HuComs" Or Humanoid Computers(, like Chobits if you've seen it). The usual HuCom is called a PersoCom, or Personal Computer. These are owned by a ...
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How can brain information be transmitted through a mobile network?

Based off this question, since it also involves brain uploading. My Magnificent Bastard villain is a cognitive neuroscientist with his own lab who has interest in knowing how brains would work in a ...
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How or why would a planet's lifeforms evolve to be connected through their own natural “internet”?

So, this world I've got in my head is inhabited by plant-beings, all of whom are constantly connected to the Garden, a kind of physical heaven, through an all encompassing web of roots, tree brains, ...
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What a reasonable person should conclude from these circumstances? [closed]

He found himself in an universe where he has some special powers compared to other people, but he is not omnipotent. He can affect physical reality but his possibilities are limited. His body does not ...
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Can a theoretical case be made for “transporting” consciousness via light?

I'd like to develop a baseline of information for pondering this topic: Assumptions I assume that "consciousness" is a definite, precisely-knowable phenomenon. [I recognize that at present we have ...
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Can isolated robots organize a revolution in a year?

This question is a sort of continuation of my previous question: Why would robots use verbal communication?. The answer here by @Mathias Foster about the robots organizing a revolution sparked some ...
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Design of inorganic sentient entities that can evolve

Context In the near future, humans will have manufactured machine sentience. Such a consciousness, the first of a new species, must operate on Earth. Constraints A memristor-based human brain ...
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Could faster-than-light supernova remnants form a star system?

Most current planets, and any inhabitants living on them, are ultimately the product of long-dead supernovas that exploded and sent matter across the universe, where it eventually got caught with ...
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Minimum brain size for consciousness?

In the limit, how small can a brain get and still host an identifiably human-like consciousness? Obviously, they can be smaller than an adult human's, since children (with smaller brain volumes) and ...