Surprisingly, consciousness turns out to be comically simple.

Original article was published by J MAREK on Artificial Intelligence on Medium


Surprisingly, consciousness turns out to be comically simple.

Illustration by René Descartes.

We’ve all thought about it at one time in our lives, whether it’d be after a bad fever dream, a deep movie or are simply just asked “what am I?”

It’s this very thought that has been pondered for thousands of years, all while branching out into a broad range of different religions, philosophies & science.

To understand consciousness, we must define it beyond the common dictionary definition of “a state of awareness”, because let’s be honest… That’s not convincing anybody. However, we’ll build off this definition as a starting point.

Consciousness can be understood as a “S.I.F.A” process.
(Stimuli > Instincts > Feelings > Actions).

So let’s break it down.

We live our lives through our senses, i.e. perception (sight, sound, smell, touch & taste). The combination of different stimuli per sense is either pleasurable or painful to some degree. What determines whether this stimuli is perceived as good or bad is very unlikely to be dependant on “Free will”, given that the emergence of universe-independent causal chains have never been observed, indicating that all cause & effect stems from a single “fractal tree”.

In other words, pleasure & pain is almost certainly dependant on hard-coded genetic variables which determine whether we are to perceive stimuli as good or bad. These can simply be understood as “rules” which govern both physical & psychological feelings, and these are the primary driving factors which determine our actions with the simple goal of minimizing pain & maximizing pleasure.

Applying the SIFA process to machines will give us Synthetic Intelligence, where merely tweaking parameters can define the fine line between the simulation of a rat’s mind & a human’s mind.

Because SIFA is a process, each step depends on the previous operation to function, therefore we know that a human born without any form of perception is unable to generate consciousness. Of course, this all depends on the likely assumption that we live in an absolutely deterministic universe, however if universe-independent causal chains are ever observed, the possibility of Free will becomes extraordinarily more likely which may make this explanation of consciousness bull****.