Thomas Grip Creative Director from Frictional Games has taken to the PlayStation blog this week to announce that the new science-fiction horror game SOMA will be launching tomorrow on September 22nd.
SOMA “delves deep into the mysteries of subjects such as identity and consciousness” says the gamers developers, watch the launch story trailer below to learn more.
The radio has gone silent on PATHOS-2. As isolation bears down on the staff of the remote research facility, strange things are happening. Machines are taking on human traits and alien constructions have started to interfere with routine. The world around them is turning into a nightmare.
The Problem of Other Minds – Relax and just concentrate on what it’s like being you for a moment. You can hear sounds, feel things, see things, and so forth. You also have certain emotional responses connected to this and you perceive the world around you in a certain way. All of these things make up the essence of being you.
While you know for sure that these experiences exist for you, how can you know for sure that others have them? Since these emotions are purely subjective and lack any sort of physical basis, there is nowhere to look inside a person and make absolutely sure. After all, it does seem possible that a person could act like they are conscious; but that this is achieved in a purely mechanical fashion and that no subjective sensations are involved.
For most people the solution is fairly simple. We look and act enough like each other to assume that we all must have a similar subjective experience. While we can never be 100% sure, we can be fairly certain. There are instances where it gets tricky, though. For instance, there have been cases where comatose patients have turned out to have been conscious and fully aware for years, without any means to contact the outside world. Even more difficult is the question as to whether animals are conscious.
Source: PS Blog