If we assume that everything has conciousness – plants, animals, even rocks, then can we say that technical hardware, like a calculator for example, has a higher level of conciousness than a rock?
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closed as off-topic by Nick Stauner, Krysta, Chuck Sherrington, what, Josh Gitlin♦ Jun 21 '14 at 22:34
There's a philosophical stance called panpsychism that addresses this question. Of course, there is no proof, but the fundamental question is really about humans. Is consciousness an intrinsic property of matter or does it emerge from complex matter structures?
It's probably something we'll never know, but Tononi's model of consciousness leans towards emergence.