Consciousness in silico will not work.
So says the chemist, Lee Cronin. He believes that the complexity of the brain means that a silicon-based computer will never be able to generate consciousness. By complexity he is referring to the sheer number of neurons and their synaptic connections. The answer lies in building a chemical brain instead. By extension, it will have to be a chemical mixture that generates similar complexity to that found in the human brain. He does say, however, that he is not sure that consciousness actually exists. So, it’s not looking likely either way.
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