Can machines be conscious?

@article{Koch2008CanMB,
  title={Can machines be conscious?},
  author={Cristoph Koch and Guilio Tononi},
  journal={IEEE Spectrum},
  year={2008},
  volume={45}
}
Would you sell your soul on eBay? Right now, of course, you can't. But in some quarters it is taken for granted that within a generation, human beings-including you, if you can hang on for another 30 years or so-will have an alternative to death: being a ghost in a machine. You'll be able to upload your mind-your thoughts, memories, and personality-to a computer. And once you've reduced your consciousness to patterns of electrons, others will be able to copy it, edit it, sell it, or pirate it… 

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