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

Donald Firesmith is a multi-award-winning author of speculative fiction including science fiction (alien invasion), fantasy (magical wands), and modern urban paranormal novels.

Prior to recently retiring to devote himself full-time to his novels, Donald Firesmith earned an international reputation as a distinguished engineer, authoring seven system/software engineering books based on his 40+ years spent developing large, complex software-intensive systems.

He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky, his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs and cats.
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Gil Forbes reviewed 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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