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How would a quantum computer potentially facilitate artificial consciousness, assuming it is possible?

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  • $\begingroup$ You're asking 2 questions. Ideally, you should ask one question per post. Furthermore, you should first define what you mean by "consciousness". Anyway, I don't think anybody really knows the answer to your questions. $\endgroup$ – nbro Feb 27 at 20:14
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    $\begingroup$ I did some search, and although there are several questions on this topic, this is the only one that asks about quantum computing. See also: ai.stackexchange.com/questions/7573/… ai.stackexchange.com/questions/3189/… ai.stackexchange.com/questions/5274/… $\endgroup$ – DukeZhou Feb 28 at 1:18
  • $\begingroup$ @DukeZhou Questions on QC (related to AI) are very welcome, provided that they are clear and a non-opinionated answer can be given. The concept of consciousness, AFAIK, is not precisely defined, so this question cannot be answered rigorously, hence it should be closed as "primarily-opinion based". Like this question, there are many others on this website, which, IMHO, should be closed, because, I think, in general, they are not very productive for scientific progress. $\endgroup$ – nbro Feb 28 at 22:52
  • $\begingroup$ @nbro this is the theoretical stuff, and some very distinguished names have engaged in this type of hypothesization. Penrose specifically comments on this, and he's nothing if not a heavyweight. $\endgroup$ – DukeZhou Mar 1 at 1:07
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Well, this is quite deep question. I would recommend you to have a look on the UK physicist Roger Penrose: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Penrose He has some books on the theme of consciousness and quantum mechanics. There are however critics of his ideas. One of them is that the quantum effects are too small to direct any considerable influence on the brain.

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  • $\begingroup$ Can you be more specific regarding which books? $\endgroup$ – nbro Feb 28 at 15:38
  • $\begingroup$ @nbro I just picked them up myself, and haven't had a chance to read, but I believe the two chief books are "The Emperor's New Mind" and "Shadows of the Mind". $\endgroup$ – DukeZhou Feb 28 at 21:08

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