Did Consciousness Arise out of a Process of Insentient Reinforcement Learning?

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In 2020 David Silver and his colleagues from the UK-based artificial intelligence lab DeepMind submitted a paper titled “Reward is not Enough” to a peer-reviewed journal. The scientists argued that intelligence and its associated abilities would primarily emerge by sticking to a simple but powerful principle: reward maximization, coupled with…