I'm a professional software engineer and you are incorrect about AI "consciousness". We will eventually make computers that act nearly identically to human brains. It may take a long time, and it is a complex problem, but it is an inevitability. Elon Musk donated millions very recently to put laws into place to prevent AI from becoming a threat to humanity. Stephen Hawking also recently said that the greatest threat to humanity right now aside from global warming is artificial intelligence.
What may make you think that AI superintelligence is impossible is that the current microprocessors have been evolving in a direction diametrically opposite to the computing paradigm of the human brain. However, IBM is developing a neurosynaptic chip codenamed TrueNorth that has an architecture that mimics neurons and synapses. It can perform pattern recognition orders of magnitude faster than traditional chips, and consumes orders of magnitudes less energy due to the architecture shift.
This is of course only the beginning, but it's happening. I know this isn't really on topic, but I think this demonstrates that your argument is based more on your emotional state rather than having a logical basis.
Speaking of the human brain, you will never ever be fully satisfied. It is simply the human condition. Even if you were the most handsome rich person on the planet, something would still irk you. I have never met a person that contradicts this and if you think you have then you were deceived. In other words, stop getting so emotional about your "current problem".
Interesting, I like you. You seem smart. I could take issue with some of this --computers that mimic the human brain won't necessarily give rise to consciousness or sentience which I do believe are unsolvable problems and I'd be interested to hear your perspective. A little interregnum in all this talk about hydrogel. I do also firmly believe from the little reading I've done in the biological sciences that this scarless healing problem is insurmountable as well, but let's see. I'll check back in periodically. I'm gonna say this thread is gonna last till 2020 before any new stage of progress is made. No one taking bets?
it won't last that long! The solution should be out by then!