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theFish · 2014-07-06 · Original thread
eschulte · 2011-05-18 · Original thread
Thomas Metzinger addresses this exact question in his book _The Ego Tunnel_ ([1] a great non-technical overview of his work in Philosophy-o-Mind/Neuroscience), and he comes down strongly on the side that any artificial generation of "consciousness" would be reckless and could likely increasing the amount of suffering in the world.

[1] http://www.amazon.com/Ego-Tunnel-Science-Mind-Myth/dp/046504...

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