What Is Consciousness? Technology Is Getting Closer To An Answer

(Image: Creative Commons) What is consciousness? originally appeared on Quora: the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Rob Ennals, Product Manager, on Quora: What is consciousness? My angle on this question is that of someone who spent a few years at Google Search, working with people who were trying to create synthetic consciousness. The view of consciousness that seems to be emerging among those who work on artificial intelligence is remarkably elegant: “Consciousness is the experiential manifestation of thought” and “Thought and physical objects are dual and equally real interpretations of the same reality”. This is a hard concept to wrap one’s head around, so I’m going to step back and then build back up to this. The idea that consciousness is…


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