The Consciousness Machine is an idea about how to tackle the Hard Problem of consciousness. The basic idea is to build a device that is roughly a cross between a video game and a real-time tracking simulation of the mind of its user. Its purpose is to create an intimate link between intellectual understanding of how ones' own mind/brain is functioning, and the actual experience one is feeling.
The Consciousness Machine is not about making a computer that has
consciousness self-awareness (machine consciousness).
It is not an attempt to explain human consciousness.
The Consciousness Machine cannot be built yet. But some day if and when the Hard Problem is finally conquered, this is probably what the solution will look like.
Consciousness Machine slides
Consciousness Machine draft article
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