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111 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 22 May 2008 05:55AM

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Comment author: pnrjulius 09 April 2012 05:06:26AM 0 points [-]

I think that's right.

Yet, two things:

  1. It's very hard for me to imagine half a quale. Perhaps this is a failure of imagination?

  2. How do we detect even quantitative levels of consciousness? Surely it's not enough to just have processing power; you must actually be doing the right sort of thing (computations, behaviors, chemical reactions, something). But then... are our computers conscious, even a little bit? If so, does this change our moral relationship to them? If not, how do we know that?