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[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / C. Functionalism / 1. Functionalism]

Full Idea

How could you make a robot conscious? The answer, I think, is to be found in software.

Gist of Idea

Could a robot be made conscious just by software?


Daniel Dennett (Brainchildren [1998], Ch.6)

Book Reference

Katz,Jerrold J.: 'Realistic Rationalism' [MIT 2000], p.129

A Reaction

This seems to be a commitment to strong AI, though Dennett is keen to point out that brains are the only plausible implementation of such software. Most find his claim baffling.