Monkeys, Typewriters, and the Pursuit of Consciousness

Here is an odd take on quantum computing that, whilst I am sure isn’t new, struck me today. It revolves around this concept of a hyperwebster which is a dictionary that contains all possible combinations of the letter a to z in an infinite number of ways. In theory, this would contain every a to z word possible and therefore the sum total of all thought.

This led me to consider, what if you tried to actually write that book, it would be impossible to finish but what would come from trying? A system that might help us in achieving this would be a quantum computer due to the speed at which they can operate, although this may be something of an application of technology at the forefront of human capabilities. However, this led to the main thought of this post, what if you took the same logic and applied to coding, specifically the coding of consciousness.

Imagine setting up a number of quantum computers that were set the task of random creating code (with a store of what has been tried before) in order to create a true consciousness. They would take each of these attempts and program them to a medium with the potential for consciousness, such as a synthetic brain or neural network. The idea would be that at some point they would arrive at a true consciousness, as opposed to a simulated consciousness which may be hard to separate. This logic could also be applied to the creation of synthetic mediums.

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