I try not to get to excited about singularity though.
If complexity is consciousness, then it is everyday. Complex bacterial colonies are already conscious. The complicated photonic interactions at the center of stars is conscious. The Internet is conscious.
And honestly, I have no problem with that.
But that being said, _if_ we redefine consciousness as complexity, then we have to acknowledge its present existence elsewhere.
It’s likely that by the time the predictions of computational complexity come to pass, we’ll already be educated enough as a species to not see it as consciousness at all but as another machine.
Our futuristic predictions are magical sounding but even today, people are mystified by regular ol’ neural network AI, which has been around a long time, because they don’t understand how it works.
I’m not mystified by it because I know how it works.
In the future, the people who are using the systems then won’t be mystified by it either and I believe they’ll just see it as another machine. But some, who think like we do in 2015, will be mystified by it and consider it conscious.
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