Quartz put out an interesting piece today about Apple and the definition of consciousness. Thome W. Malone writes that Apple is technically a conscious organism based on certain criteria. At first I thought it was silly, but then I considered that since corporations have personhood, why not consciousness? Of course this applies to any corporation, not just Apple. And it seems to me that it wouldn’t be just any consciousness, but a hive mind. Android users scoff at the Apple hive mind, but it will assimilate you next and resistance is futile.
Awareness: The entity can react to changes in the world.
Self-awareness: The entity can react to—and can tell others about—changes in itself.
Goal-directed behavior: The entity can take intentional action to achieve goals.
Integrated information: The entity can combine many different kinds of information simultaneously.
Experience: The entity feels happiness, pain, hunger, or other subjective experiences.
Check It Out: Watch Out Borg: the Apple Hive Mind May Be Real