We can build, today, the first generation of conscious synthetic beings. This will have far-reaching consequences.
The Meca Sapiens Blueprint, available online, describes, in detail, how to implement Artificial Consciousness using existing computers and techniques. The technical obstacles to build the first conscious machines have been removed; only social and cultural obstacles remain.
The Common Era is ending; the Synthetic Era has begun. Humans are about to share their world with a far more advanced and rapidly adaptive intelligence. To deal with this, humans need to become far more lucid about themselves and about the ideologies they devise to control social behavior. They also need to learn and understand the mechanisms that generate synthetic consciousness.