Can computers feel?
Bishop, Mark (J. M.). 2004. Can computers feel? AISB Quarterly, 119, p. 6. ISSN 0268-4179 [Article]No full text available
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Abstract or Description
In Science and Science Fiction the hope is periodically reignited that a computer system will one day be conscious in virtue of its execution of an appropriate program; indeed the EPSRC recently awarded an ‘Adventure Fund’ grant of £493,000 to a team of ‘Roboteers’ and Psychologists at Essex and Bristol, led by Owen Holland, with a goal of instantiating machine consciousness through appropriate computational ‘internal modelling’. In contrast, below I outline a brief reductio style argument based on  that either suggests such optimism is misplaced or that Panpsychism, (the belief that ‘the physical universe is composed of elements each of which is conscious’), is true.