One of the reasons that I have volunteered for this lecture is to celebrate the remodeling of international conference room so that people like myself on wheelchair can access the lecture podium. Even though my office is in this building, getting up on the lecture podium was not possible until today. There are two big events in my view that played an important role in our existence today: the beginning of life which is thought to have started quite quickly after the formation of our planet and the development of human consciousness. The latter motivates us to question our identity and is a hot topic of debate in modern artificial intelligence. Both are not easy questions but I will try to explain some of the recent ideas regarding these issues. I don't expect everyone to agree with my view.