Clearly this is a timely topic and it won’t be going away soon. Just this morning the Financial Times published an article entitled
by the Oxford philosopher Luciano Floridi. The article, unfortunately behind a paywall, includes a sentence that looks like a rejoinder to my post:
A Turing machine has no understanding, no consciousness, no intuitions — in short, nothing we would recognise as a mental life. It lacks the intelligence even of a mouse.
Floridi has been publishing a series of books — a tetralogy, to be more precise — on the philosophy of information but he has time to give a TEDx talk, a UNESCO talk, and much more about the fourth revolution (the four named after Copernicus, Darwin, Freud, and Turing). So naturally he has written about zombies as well.