AI and Conscious Experience

Homework #3 Naoya Makino SFU Student #: 301117541 nmakino@sfu.

ca December 2nd, 2009 TOPIC #2: AI and Conscious Experience Having two of my physical bodies are reintegrated in the transporter chamber from my blueprint, I consider that these two persons are both myself as these two persons share the same consciousness. Regardless of physical connections, it shares a same personal identity as long as it has same continued consciousness. For example, as a man grows, he changes his physical appearance over time. But we consider this man in childhood and one in adult are the same person as he has the same continued consciousness over time; that is, the body may change while the person remains the same. According to John Locke (an English physician and philosopher), “personal identity founds it not on the substance or the body, but in the "same continued consciousness", which is also distinct from the soul since the soul may have no consciousness of itself” (Personal Identity, 2009). He also argues that “… personal identity (the self) "depends on consciousness, not on substance" nor on the soul. We are the same person to the extent that we are conscious of our past and future thoughts and actions in the same way as we are conscious of our present thoughts and actions. If consciousness is this "thought" which "that goes along with the substance ... which makes the same person", then personal identity is only founded on the repeated act of consciousness: "This may show us wherein personal identity consists: not in the identity of substance, but... in the identity of consciousness". For example, one may claim to be a reincarnation of Plato, therefore having the same soul substance. However, one would be the same person as Plato only if one had the same consciousness of Plato's thoughts and actions that he himself did. Therefore, self-identity is not based on the soul. One soul may have various personalities.” (Personal Identity, 2009) Therefore, personal identity does not necessarily have to have “one” physical body. In our case, two of the bodies are reintegrated from one blueprint; they share the same consciousness, and they cannot be conscious in two different bodies simultaneously (by the assumption). By conclusion, I think that these two persons share the same personal identity, hence, both of which are “myself”. Reference: “Personal identity (philosophy)”, Wikipedia, 2009, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.. November 26, 2009, < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_identity_%28philosophy%29>

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