Disassociations between consciousness and intelligence: a future challenge
We normally tend to associate an organism’s capacity to adapt and resolve complex problems (intelligence) with the presence of subjective experience (consciousness).
The association between intelligence and consciousness can be violated in the natural world but it risks becoming entirely unreliable as a result of progress in medicine and artificial intelligence. For example, intensive care can save brains with seriously reduced performance which remain conscious, however, while latest generation neural networks with no consciousness whatsoever can demonstrate performance superior to that of healthy human beings. Soon the panorama will be still more complex and finding one’s way around it will require new concepts and tools