The Simulation Theory of Consciousness (or Your Autonomous Car is Sentient)

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This short book argues that every cyber-physical system (that is, every software-reliant physical system) that creates and executes a real-time simulation of itself and its environment is conscious in the sense of being subjectively aware of that simulation. In other words, autonomous vehicles are sentient. More

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About Donald Firesmith

A geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineer helping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensive systems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books, written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers, and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He's also proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by the Association of Computing Machinery, although his pride is tempered somewhat by his fear that the term "distinguished" makes him sound like a graybeard academic rather than an active engineer whose beard is still slightly more red than gray.

By night and on weekends, his alter ego writes modern paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic science-fiction, action and adventure novels and relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and mystical gemstones. His first foray into fiction is the book Magical Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore written under the pen name Wolfrick Ignatius Feuerschmied. He lives in Crafton, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky, and his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs, cats, and birds.

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Gil Forbes reviewed on on Oct. 27, 2019

Sentience has now been redefined to include things and not just living beings. Donald's theory, as astutely covered in this book, will have far reaching effects on how we view the world: nay, the universe. There are some who will argue, denounce, and even ridicule his thesis. I cannot. The presentation is so logical, yet bizarre, and difficult to absorb that the reader will have to do so slowly. Give it time.
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