I find his thoughts on consciousness nevertheless very interesting.
Also Wolfram’s theory of building consciousness or intelligence… in a way that’s Numenta’s purpose as well… come up with the theory/model and abstract as much as possible the biological complexity.
Coming a little closer to home, we can consider software and AI systems. One might expect that to “achieve consciousness” one would have to go further than ever before and inject some special “human-like spark”. But I suspect that the true story is rather different. If one wants the systems to make the richest use of what the computational universe has to offer, then they should behave a bit like fundamental physics (or nature in general), with all sorts of components and all sorts of computationally irreducible behavior.
But to have something like our view of consciousness requires taking a step down, and effectively forcing simpler behavior in which things are integrated to produce a “sequentialized” experience.