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DIGITAL PEOPLE

minds, that presents another mindbody problem, one with poten- tially serious ramifications.

The hard problems of consciousness remain hard. The debates over mind, thought, and consciousness might continue for a long time or might never be resolved, either for ourselves or for artificial beings. For our own constructed creatures, suggests Rodney Brooks, the only answer we might be able to trust is the one we trust for ourselves:

Perhaps we will be surprised one day when one of our robots earnestly informs us that it is conscious, and just like I take your word for your being conscious, we will have to accept its word for it.There will be no other option.

However, although the full mindbody recipe remains unknown for us and our artificial kin, a great deal of progress has been made on the bodily ingredient, as the next chapter shows.

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