Entertaining myself while the guys are watching soccer
While consciousness is probably more of a selected trait of the human mind that couldnt arise completely spontaneously do you think that with the increasing complexity of the internet some emergent traits could be deemed conscious-like ?
Due to the increasing speed and rate of communication between nods in the internet we could imagine that numerous patterns and units would lead to the emergence of type of meta-computational ability.
Do you think some of the softwares and new technologies used to regular data within the internet could make this possible?
Do you believe that the size and sheer complexity of the network could lead to this spontaneously?
How could we detect it ? The way the human mind is conscious is very directed: its about communication and solving problems but if this consciousness in the absence of a guiding natural selection I am not sure that even though most of the content is, on our end intelligible in terms of text, video content etc that this emergent structure would necessarily communicate as we do. Why? Well we don't speak in chemicals and electric charges yet that's what the stuff that happens when we think and talk and have sex on the beach (definitely not my thing, sand and voyeurs arent my thing!)