Peter_Hurford comments on Hi, I'm Luke Muehlhauser. AMA about Open Philanthropy's new report on consciousness and moral patienthood - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Peter_Hurford  (EA Profile) 28 June 2017 04:36:15PM 3 points [-]

You touched on this a lot in your report but I don't think you went all the way unless I missed something -- what do you think a computer program would need to have in order to exhibit "minimally viable consciousness" in your view?

Comment author: lukeprog 28 June 2017 04:47:01PM *  2 points [-]

I'm not sure. My best guess would be something in the direction of the GDAK-inspired cognitive architecture discussed in section 6.2.4, but I don't yet have a clear picture of all the cognitive features that would need to be working together in a certain way for me to be even moderately confident the program is "conscious" in the sense defined in the report. I'm pretty sure none of the programs I described in the report are conscious (in the sense defined in the report).