People who promote artificial intelligence assume there are two valid positions: (1) strong AI where the machines are really conscious or (2) weak AI where the machines look like they are conscious to us. This is the final, cornered position left for materialism: prove that everything is a reductionist machine by building an AI that is "conscious". Logically (see Godel's incompleteness theorem) and philosophically (see Searle's Chinese room argument), this project has already been invalidated.
There is a third view that I expect most people will increasingly take as they get used to cars driving themselves and unmanned space exploration: (3) no AI. This is where people use their smart phones and neural-network feedback apps to do useful work knowing there is only a program and not some internal consciousness driving it. The consciousness telling our machines what to do will be our consciousness not their own.