A much-needed article, Mitchell, and I look forward to your subsequent series of exegeses. It’s ironic that as naive researchers push ahead with an attempt to make artificial intelligence “conscious” other researchers are demonstrating that consciousness is (i) fragmentary, and (ii) largely illusory. The accumulation of evidence is now overwhelming that our partial, occasional consciousness is indeed highly fallible. Regardless of whether the average person (i) understands the argument, or (ii) accepts it, there are very profound implications for nearly every aspect of our social and private lives. I wonder if any of these implications will ultimately seep through in meaningful ways.

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