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Sensors provide "senses" without sensation: no feelings. A keyboard is a set of sensors, but no feelings are generated by them.Your answer means that our feelings may be useless, and I agree with you, but I'm nevertheless trying to pin down the mechanism using what I think I know about change. Our senses serve to produce the reactions that allow us to survive, so in this case, the only thing that an AI wouldn't be able to do is try to survive. If it did, it might be forced to feel something even if it is useless. You know I link feelings and consciousness to resistance to change, so if I push my reasoning to the extreme, I can say that a ball is conscious or feels its resistance to acceleration, which seems evidently useless for it, except if we consider that the underlying mechanism that produces resistance allows it to accelerate, because then, I can say that it allows it to survive, which gives back usefulness to what we feel.
Imagine a number between one and a thousand. Now contact a thousand people and ask them for a number between one and a thousand. Repeat the experiment a thousand times with a different chosen number each time. Is there a guarantee that your number will be one of the thousand answers that you get every time you run the experiment? No. Now do the same experiment again with a computer which gives you a different answer every time. Your chosen number is guaranteed to come up every time you do the experiment. The systematic following of all paths is better than the random approach that misses lots of paths.My question was about unknown possibilities, and your example contains none. Here is an example that contains some. If we drive a car at high speed and we know that the road is about to change directions without us being able to see the change in time, the only way for us to stay on the road is to pick a direction at random, then wait for the road to turn. If we are numerous and if we all proceed that way, one of us might have a chance to be going in the right direction when the road will turn. Now imagine a different AI in each of the cars, and tell me if they would proceed differently.