This USA Today article is a great summary of some of the latest thinking about …. thinking.
I had not realized how much research was going on down in La Jolla, California. Sounds like La Jolla is the consciousness capital of the world.
My favorite insight from the article suggests that consciousness may spring from the interactions of a bunch of cell assemblies which together form something the researchers call a Quale. The quale then is a “scene of consciousness”.
How long before computers catch up and become conscious? About 2020 say most researchers. I predict that the machines will be able to articulate the concept of consciousness better than we, and I’m looking forward to that conversation.