Hey Claude, I think you have a very clear understanding of my point of view on this subject. Probably clearer than I do.
I would sincerely like to understand better what I'm missing from your side.
We both agree, I think, that sometime soon, smart computers will be able to create a simulated person who will be very hard to distinguish from a real human (if programmed that way). It will be an incredibly good digital actor.
I want to understand what's missing from the digital actor that we humans possess, that the smart computer can't program.
I know you say it's consciousness and being self-aware. But when I look for those things now, I do not know what they are or if they are there.
Are these things "things", or are they just words we have to describe something we made up as an answer to a question we can't help but ask?
If consciousness cannot be created by just flooding a being with a constant, never-ending barrage of words and images and physical sensations and a compulsion to act and react (or not), and questions to ask and an option to choose...
Then what is missing that the computer can't code? How are we creating this? Are we creating it, or is it coming from somewhere else?
I know these aren't really fair questions (or maybe they are and you know the answer), but they are the questions I've been asking myself a lot lately.
And of the answers I consider, all seem far more fanciful than, "yeah, I could see a computer doing that."