China Brain

what would happen if each member of the Chinese nation were asked to simulate the action of one neuron in the brain, using telephones or walkie-talkies to simulate the axons and dendrites that connect neurons. Would this arrangement have a mind or consciousness in the same way that brains do?>

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_brain

  • what would it mean if China Brain was conscious?
    • we can simulate consciousness
  • what would it mean if China Brain wasn't conscious?
    • there's something more to being conscious than neurons
  • what is the scale - number of people in China vs number of neurons?
    • neurons in brain - average brain is ~86 billion neurons
    • china - ~1.5 billion people
    • does that matter? isn't it said that the mind comes from connectivity and not number of neurons anyway?

Human Colossus

  • people are becoming neurons in bigger computation (China Brain)
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