I have been pondering this (as you can see from my first line..:roll
and I think that what we call consciousness is of abstract, mathematical and
informatical nature, with our brains just a means to execute this information processing.
Now our brains are material and therefore have severe limitations in executing this abstract concept of consciousness, and the true meaning of
ascension to a higher plane of existence, metaphysics, or getting rid of a material body that is so prevalent in our culture is leading to this
"execution engine independent" consciousness that could run on any hardware, not just human brain, therefore separating an information-based
consciousness from the matter it was once bound to.
I also think that if this artificial consciousness will come to fruition (and I dont see any serious showstopper on the horizon), it will completely
transfer humanity, which could very well be degraded from its current active role in scientific development to a mere observer, like Alice in
Anyway, fascinating thread, S&F!