perceptronium

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Coined by the physicist Max Tegmark, from perceptron +‎ -ium.

Noun[edit]

perceptronium (uncountable)

  1. A hypothetical state of matter capable of giving rise to self-awareness and subjectivity.
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Max Tegmark, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Physics (he also spoke at the New York event), has proposed that there is a state of matter — like solid, liquid and gas — that he calls perceptronium: atoms arranged so they can process information and give rise to subjectivity.