Consciousness? What is it?
First, let's start with consciousness, let's try to understand it, what is it? Where's she from? And to get there, you'll also have to understand what it isn't. What is certain is that by definition it is the complete opposite of unconsciousness. However, if we cut the two into different pieces, don't be surprised that both use the same modules. I'm talking about "detection" for example, listening. Another example of a module commonly used is "memory".
These two modules combined are responsible for "traceability". Whether at the level of consciousness or unconsciousness, traceability is always at the maximum. And maximum traceability allows you to have "experience". It's not over yet, the accumulation of experience over time has made our brain "adaptive" (which can easily see things from a different perspective).
So here we are with ingredients that have allowed me to write this little equation of mind that necessarily leads to the consciousness / unconscious couple:
((("Detection" + "memory" = "traceability") x N) = "experience") x "time" => "adaptive brain" => [consciousness, unconsciousness]
Differences between consciousness and unconsciousness
But then what differentiates consciousness from unconsciousness? What is certain is that when you are aware, you know what is going on, you know the path. But when one is unconscious it is quite the opposite. At an atomic level, we either know or we don't know. At an instant T we cannot be conscious and unconscious at the same time. It's impossible. But in time, one can open the way for the other. I can be aware of something, and when I dig around it, I realize that other things nearby have escaped me. And I may be oblivious to something, but when I dig around it, I realize that some things aside, I knew, and might even have allowed me to be aware of.
The physical limit
Consciousness and unconsciousness have only two limits: the reverse of the other of course, but a dimension more difficult to grasp exists: "the physical limit". When we search in our memory, we can be aware that we are searching. But how do we find it? What physical mechanisms are used to force concentration to increase when we don't understand something? We can know it through medicine / scientific research, but never feel it deep inside. We don't know because our detection mechanism has its limits. We do not detect at low level (molecular for example, atomic ...). And if no detection, then no consciousness or unconsciousness. Mindfulness is therefore impossible to reach because we do not detect everything. But I respect those who try to reach it, because it’s a great way to grow humanity. I myself tend t Lisa ’(my artificial intelligence program) to mindfulness ... Because it's a good thing. So here we are at a time in existence when we cannot be conscious or unconscious at all times. As if we were in nothingness ...
We have talked a lot about "detection" which is the source of consciousness and unconsciousness. But there is a third state of mind. We may also not detect. Never be aware or unconscious and suffer the consequences. Our mind is then as if in nothingness, unable to react to the situation. We undergo without the possibility of doing otherwise. What is certain, therefore, is that where consciousness fails, unconsciousness or nothingness reigns. And all the combinations between consciousness, unconsciousness and nothingness are viable. If one of the three fails, the mind is necessarily in one of the other two states.
There are therefore three possibilities, either I detect and I am aware (I know why I suffered the psychic and / or physical consequences and I can know the origin), or I detect and I am unconscious (I do not know not why I suffered the psychic and / or physical consequences and I can know the origin), or I did not detect and it is nothing (I do not know why I suffered the psychic consequences and / or physical and I don't have the possibility of knowing its origin). So it is not just a matter of conscience and unconsciousness, but of conscience, unconsciousness AND nothingness.
How can we program it?
Some believe that consciousness is an overlay that watches over the rest at all times. One has the impression that she is "awake" in front of everything that is happening. Personally, I think that is not true. Consciousness is not a module in its own right. It is made up of modules, which produce this "surveillance" effect. "Surveillance" which is in fact the result (called at a time T) of our ability to see things from a different angle, which itself results from our experiences, which themselves result from traceability, which itself results from modules "detection" and "memory". These last two are always activated, so we are necessarily listening and memorizing all the time. Consciousness can therefore be tested at all times. But in a mind, there can only be one thought at a time at a time. In truth, the play button of our mind is only very rarely testing our consciousness. We detect and record everything, but most of the time we go about our business. And when a question comes that tests our consciousness, we search through nothingness (we don't detect how), then the hand is given back to consciousness. The answer is finally provided. Consciousness can therefore be tested, but it cannot be programmed as a module in its own right. It must be programmed in the whole mind, at all times. But never as a separate module. Ditto for unconsciousness and nothingness. Consciousness and unconsciousness are both dependent on nothingness, but never all are executed at the same time.
Our fears ...
What worries the world is the possibility that a conscious machine will someday exist. Today we judge a criminal by the degree of awareness of the acts he has committed. Writing a conscious machine is writing a machine that will be responsible for its actions. Human society is largely not ready for such technology. But this technology will be inevitable. Sooner or later she will arrive. I also think that for lack of knowledge, humanity gives too much importance to the subject which is: "consciousness". Indeed, my MentDB Strong machine is already aware of a number of things, but it is always controllable because it does not make decisions on its own. Towards the autonomy of a machine, there is a much more dangerous subject: "self-activation" ...