Quantum Physicist Demonstrates that a Computer Can Never Be Conscious

Computers cannot be conscious

A quantum physicist from Chungbuk National University in Korea, Professor Daegene Song, has presented compelling mathematical evidence that refutes the possibility of having a computer become conscious. His research also challenges the notion that consciousness is a mere byproduct of neurological activity in the brain.

In his paper titled “Non-computability of Consciousness,*” Professor Song establishes consciousness as a unique and distinct mechanism that cannot be emulated by computing devices. He portrays consciousness as a mathematical representation, revealing its incompatibility with mechanical systems.

One of the fundamental aspects that sets consciousness apart from other activities is its distinctive feature of self-observation. According to Song, this crucial element cannot be replicated by any type of machine. The intricate mechanism of human thought is beyond the realm of computation or programmability for computers.

Moreover, Professor Song emphasizes that consciousness itself operates differently from known physical systems, such as neural pathways in the brain. The conventional representations used for physical systems do not apply to consciousness. Therefore, it suggests that consciousness may not arise solely from a physical system like the brain. While there is a connection between the brain and consciousness, the brain does not serve as a producer of consciousness. They are distinct entities with a separate existence. The mathematical evidence presented by Professor Song supports this unconventional perspective.

Professor Song writes, “If consciousness cannot be represented in the same way all other physical systems are represented, it may not be something that arises out of a physical system like the brain,” said Song. “The brain and consciousness are linked together, but the brain does not produce consciousness. Consciousness is something altogether different and separate. The math doesn’t lie.”** 

In summary, Professor Daegene Song’s groundbreaking research demonstrates that consciousness resists replication in computer simulations and is not a mere product of brain activity. His mathematical exploration sheds light on the enigmatic nature of consciousness and challenges traditional notions about its origin and existence.


*Daegene Song, “Non-Computabiity of Consciousness,” Cornell University, May 2007. https://arxiv.org/abs/0705.1617

** David Crews, “Consciousness Doesn’t Compute,” https://davidcrews.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/consciousness-doesnt-compute-2/)/

Computers cannot be conscious

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