Damasio, neuroscientist, Director of the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creative Institute, argues that our consciousness is generated by a variety of body structures such as feelings. For example the feelings of hunger, thirst, pain, well-being, desires and so on, are the foundations of the mind. This notion of homeostasis, a self-regulation concept, maintains stability in always changing conditions which allows planning and flexibility in our environment. It is very difficult to maintain coordination among digesting, respiration and other systems. Consciousness is a system that runs a survey of the whole organism
Consciousness is not exclusive to humans. We see it expressed in other organisms, for example the Octopus has great behavioural responses. They develop a mind, are self-aware and know how to protect themselves. Until we, if at all possible, introduce homeostatic and regulatory senses that would allow computers to create feelings, so it can detect its own inner states, we will not have computer consciousness.