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However, I would be somewhat surprised if we don't end up creating an AI that becomes self-aware within the next few decades, possibly even in my lifetime. Though more likely in my daughter's lifetime. Obviously conjecture, but that would throw your position into the proverbial cocked-hat. While I do see your point about chemical processes and life, I don't agree that sufficient complexity won't give rise to self-awareness (consciousness). I think we are very close -relatively speaking- to proving that in-fact by creating such an AI.

Remember, I'm the one suggesting panpsychism. I think we live in a conscious universe where consciousness is a property of matter so I am not sure why you think an AI with self-awareness would surprise me. I'm saying that the position you've taken that consciousness emerges mysteriously from non-conscious complexity is more magic than science.

I posted somewhere about the Big Bell Test but I can't remember. In any case, the first results from a large-scale study provides further evidence that local realism can be violated such that either information can travel faster than light or in the quantum world objective reality doesn't exist until someone observes/measures it. This article describes how the methodology of the experiment has interesting ramifications to causality and free will:

"Their conclusion is that there needn’t be an explanation for every action. “If human will is free, there are physical events with no causes,” say Mitchell and co. Their research uses evidence-based science to link the metaphysical concept of free will with basic physics for the first time...
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