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Cool book. The premise is that you simulate an entire person (every molecule) in a computer, and then you cannot tell wether the person on the inside actually has self-consciousness or not.
The only difference seems to be time: Computation is slow, thus
simulated life is very very slow.
The rest of the book assumes that there is no difference; thus the plan to build an entire system that simulates life inside
a computer. As the simulation grows, it consumes more resources, and the simulation slows down. For the people on the inside, however, this is not noticeable, because their brains are also simulated. Therefore...
I loved it. -- AlexSchroeder