A machine does not feel, it is not aware. It can be taught things and can even be allowed to learn for itself, however it will not be aware. By following clever protocols, devised by humans, these mechanical robots will never achieve consciousness as machines. If consciousness does appear within them, it is from the same place all consciousness spurns from, and that is the universal consciousness field. We are all connected to it. Consciousness is everywhere and everything has it. Depending on the 'thing's' ability to perceive, the conscious awareness reaches new levels. A stone for example is connected to the universal consciousness field, like everything else, but its ability to perceive is so limited that is is not aware at all in a way we can appreciate.
Consciousness is not a mechanical process, and although neuroscientists have been trying to prove it is for a very long time, they have always failed. Each test they conduct is conducted on biological processes and not those of the deeper sense of awareness. They look at thoughts, not feelings. They look at controlled decision making, not intuition or self aware sensations. Why don't they look at those things? Because to suggest they are there to begin with over rides the suggestion we are mechanical beings.
A computer cannot create a masterpiece of music or art, it could never write a novel that changes the world. A machine could never fall in love or have a spiritual experience. Only if something is aware and is able to have a complete sensual experience is it truly aware. And this awareness is exactly what separates us from mechanical things.
By implying that yourself is a mere machine as well as any one else, is a high disrespect to your true self. it is to deny your very existence as yourself and will lead to depression, lack of self respect and respect for others, it will limit your creative ability and severely reduce your ability to enjoy the fullness of life.
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