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  Artificial consciousness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Artificial consciousness (AC), also known as machine consciousness (MC) or synthetic consciousness, is a field related to artificial intelligence and cognitive robotics whose aim is to define that which would have to be synthesized were consciousness to be found in an engineered artifact.
Artificial consciousness is an interesting philosophical problem because, with increased understanding of genetics, neuroscience and information processing, it may in the future become possible to create a conscious entity.
Artificial Consciousness must not be as genuine as Strong AI, it must be as objective as the scientific method demands and capable of achieving known objectively observable abilities of consciousness, except subjective experience, which by Thomas Nagel cannot be objectively observed.
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 Strong AI - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the philosophy of artificial intelligence, strong AI is the supposition that some forms of artificial intelligence can truly reason and solve problems; strong AI supposes that it is possible for machines to become sapient, or self-aware, but may or may not exhibit human-like thought processes.
However, initial research into artificial intelligence was focused on narrow fields such as pattern recognition and automated scheduling, in hopes that they would eventually allow for an understanding of true intelligence.
However, if the discussion is limited to strong AI rather than artificial consciousness it may be possible to identify features of human minds that do not occur in information processing computers.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Strong_AI   (2765 words)

 Artificial Consciousness
The entities in artificial consciousness program DI are a kind of systems (statically just points with no properties connected with each other by links with no properties, where point with its connections is called knot), where the structure (not the properties of the knots or links) is constantly changing.
Artificial consciousness program DI is *not* a N_e_u_r_a_l Network system, *not* a fractal-based or formula-based reasoning system, *not* a cellular automaton and *not* an e_x_p_e_r_t system on a simple reason that, as it was said above, in artificial consciousness program DI the structure itself is changing, and not the properties of the knots or links.
As I said, in artificial consciousness program DI the structure itself is changing, not the properties of the knots or links.
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 Artificial Consciousness...Psyhist.com
The idea of artificial consciousness (which is also known as machine consciousness (MC) or synthetic consciousness) is an interesting philosophical problem in the twenty first century because, with increased understanding of genetics, neuroscience and information processing it may soon be possible to create an entity that is conscious.
A quest for proponents of artificial consciousness is therefore to manufacture a machine to emulate this interoperation, which no one yet claims fully to understand.
Those who believe that consciousness is physical are not limited to those who hold that consciousness is a property of encoded information on carrier signals.
www.psyhist.com /artificialconsciousness.html   (1959 words)

 Artificial Intelligence: Introduction Introduction to Artificial Intelligence Consciousness, Nets and the Future 
Consciousness, or cognition, is a sort of awareness - of self, of interaction with the world, of thought processes taking place, and of our ability to at least partially control these processes.
Needless to say this view is not held by all - some philosophers maintain that the phenomenon of consciousness cannot be ascribed to purely physical processes (the cooperative firing of networks of neurons) and is in principle inaccessible to arbitrarily advanced scientific assault.
Consciousness is not envisaged as arising out of a machine obeying a set of rules but as some as yet ill-defined property of the natural functioning of billions of neurons.
brain.web-us.com /brain/ai.html   (909 words)

 Artificial Consciousness
That is to say, not all ideas about artificial intelligence presupposes Turing's assumptions, and refuting Turing is not the same as refuting the possibility of artificial intelligence as such.
Given that consciousness is not some mystical Cartesian substance, it must exist as an integrated part of the system that constitute the organism as a whole, and co-develop synergistically and bi-causally with the physical support structure.
This is not to say that consciousness is independent of a physical basis, since the structural demands restrict what building materials may be used.
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 Artificial Consciousness...Artilifes.com
An AC system that appears conscious must be theoretically capable of achieving all known objectively observable abilities of consciousness possessed by a capable human, even if it does not need to have all of them at any particular moment.
Because of the demand to be capable of achieving all these abilities, computers that appear conscious are a form of AC that may considered to be strong artificial intelligence, but this also depends on how strong AI is defined.
Not-Genuine AC Artificial consciousness will never be real consciousness, but merely an approximation of it; it only mimics something that only humans (and some other sentient beings) can truly experience or manifest.
www.artilifes.com /artificialconsciousness.html   (3583 words)

 Artificial consciousness
The endeavor of creating consciousness artificially, by the conscious intent of an existing thinking system, consists not only of constructing the backbone of consciousness, but of designing the perceptual, rational, emotional, and efficacious facilities which it integrates and within which there is meaning.
A consciousness is pathological when it is not autonomous in thought and deed within the constraint of not physically hindering the autonomy of other consciousnesses.
A consciousness is pathological when it does not have intact and rich facilities of perception, ratiocination, emotion, and efficacity.
www.mega.nu /ai.html   (760 words)

 MIND Exchange
The postulation of artificial consciousness is a ridiculous over-simplification of the very nature of time and causality -- both of which we only understand from a peripheral perspective.
Consciousness is not some gift bestowed upon big-brained creatures for God's amusement; it is a tool with an evolutionary purpose (survival).
Consciousness is not a magical state humans slip into sometime in their development; it is a measure of people's ability to manipulate data and act accordingly to maintain their survival and it is a SPECTRUM.
www.kurzweilai.net /mindx/show_thread.php?rootID=22131   (9498 words)

 The Creation of 'Simulated Consciousness'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
However, I have a brain; a consciousness, and consider the notion of replicating, of simulating, some of its uniquely productive qualities — that of independent thought within a world - to be a stimulating, far-fetched but powerful achievement for mankind to work towards.
The key to a form of artificial consciousness with which we can communicate lies in the understanding and replication of the processes within our own emotional, biological minds.
Artificial Intelligence shall continue to develop in an elaborate and highly useful way…..However, it will also always be constrained by the limits of the system it occupies….
www.btinternet.com /~buckleburyweb/ade/simcon.htm   (2545 words)

 mike king - writings - electronic arts - Artificial Consciousness - Artificial Art
Her approach to consciousness starts with the metaphors of quantum theory, allowing for the discovery of more evidence of its involvement with consciousness as they arise.
Her interest is not primarily with consciousness, however, or the kind of world-ordering imagination of Warnock, but rather in the emergent property arena, i.e.
However, in the context of quantum theory and proponents of quantum consciousness as the ultimate creative principle in the universe, artificial consciousness is, at present, the missing ingredient.
web.ukonline.co.uk /mr.king/writings/earts/artcon.html   (7386 words)

While consciousness in a robot is intriguing to discuss, many researchers believe it is not a prerequisite for an effective artificial being.
Generally speaking, people believe that consciousness has to do with life, evolution and humanity, whereas a machine is a lifeless thing designed by a limited mind and has no inherent feeling or humanity.
So it is hardly surprising that the idea of a conscious machine strikes some people as an oxymoron." At the end of the article, he lists his five axioms of consciousness: a sense of place, imagination, directed attention, planning, and decision/emotion.
www.aaai.org /AITopics/html/phil.html   (7537 words)

 Consciousness Based on Wireless?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
McFadden, author of Quantum Evolution, argues that human consciousness is actually the brain's electromagnetic field interacting with its circuitry.
This "field effect," he said, is the piece of the puzzle artificial intelligence experts have missed.
Scientific study of consciousness has only recently begun to gain acceptance as a legitimate scientific discipline, and some think field theories like McFadden's are pseudo-science that threaten their hard-worn legitimacy.
home.comcast.net /~neardeath/science/001_pages/20.html   (780 words)

 generation5 - Myth of an Artificial Consciousness
The irony is that humanity is unwilling to settle on a definition of consciousness.
This is because it is impossible to prove another being, human or artificial, is conscious and hence is impossible to have an artificial being “become conscious”.
As ironic or circular-like logic as this may be, I shall attempt to prove this by explaining the three main theories of consciousness; classicalist, connectionist, and naturalist.
www.generation5.org /content/2004/myth_consciousness.asp   (1580 words)

 Artificial Consciousness
The goal of this whitepaper is to propose slightly revised approach to neural network computing, modelling and learning procedures, in order to break the limit of traditional sensory processing and create networks that are able to go beyond simple, trained action-reaction behavioral patterns, or highly specialized functional applications.
The purpose of this paper is to provide a potential contribution to modelling higher levels of consciousness (whatever that is) and creating more, effective and flexible networks.
In this section, I focus on functional limitations of existing networks and explain why, in my belief, they are responsible for inability to go beyond sensory "consciousness", which rather arbitrarily seems to be a prerequisite for many artificial life applications.
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 Artificial Consciousness
The doubters that things we have done so far, such as a programmed robot or a computer program, exhibit the slightest degree of consciousness or feeling, seem once again to be overlooking the forest for the trees.
Just because a machine crunches bits at the lowest level in no way (in my view) precludes its having feeling and consciousness, or more properly, the system it is running might have feeling and consciousness.
These can be created artificially, and they certainly bear a resemblance to systems in the natural world (biological organisms) that we credit with consciousness.
www.cryonet.org /cgi-bin/dsp.cgi?msg=8249   (508 words)

 Artificial consciousness philosophy and software
Based on what little I know regarding AI, it seems to me that we are far from not only understanding consciousness is, but from understanding human emotions, something that science wrongly assumes is a lower form of "evolutionary" brain processes.
Peace, ASTANTON My comment: Consciousness is a whole, therefore there are not two separate consciousnesses - one for emotions and one for thoughts.
Consciousness can sometimes also be hard to detect as it is an ability to create a necessary rule in all circumstances when it is possible based on the gathered information (in a sense of what is necessary for artificial consciousness, not other aspects like morality etc).
www.geocities.com /athens/agora/3849   (1147 words)

 Artificial Intelligence, Part 1
The realization of this fact spawned a new term, "artificial consciousness." It then turned out that we did not know what we meant by "conscious" either.
Devices like this are the main focus of the artificial intelligence industry (as opposed to artificial intelligence research), which wants something that can handle as many routine inquiries as possible, thus eliminating the need for expensive humans.
Without some kind of guiding consciousness computers are merely excellent data repositories and calculators, capable of responding to any situation they have been programmed for - but never able to adapt their responses to a new situation and never able to produce more than a rote answer to the asked question.
fmwriters.com /Visionback/Issue18/advartintel.htm   (1294 words)

 Artificial Consciousness   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
In this field of Artificial Intelligence a great variety of techniques have been employed in an attempt to induce machines to become sentient or at least to demonstrate heuristic abilities.
Virtually all of these stabs in the dark have one thing in common - they ignore the philosophical and metaphysical concepts of consciousness.
Ironically, if humans did not have consciousness they would be equivalent to robots.
ourworld.compuserve.com /homepages/ruben_hugo/V1_art.htm   (396 words)

 Consciousness in the Artificial Mind
artificial consciousness by competing to be the most
consciousness as a feedback loop where the output of the Speech
[ illusion of consciousness ] equals [ consciousness ].
mind.sourceforge.net /conscius.html   (461 words)

 Online papers 3: Science of Consciousness   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Rodney Cotterill, On the neural correlates of consciousness
Francis Crick and Christof Koch, Consciousness and neuroscience
Diederik Aerts, Jan Broekaert, and Liane Gabora, Intrinsic contextuality as the crux of consciousness
consc.net /online3.html   (4712 words)

 Artificial Consciousness research
Research disclosure regarding brain function, the split brain paradox, consciousness, the dimensionality of conscious reality, and a real-time neural net system developed for a small computer.
The Psychological Universe (partial) -- block diagram development of anatomical conscious process
about brain function, artificial intelligence, and much more.
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 artificial consciousness real time neural net split brain
The infinite "circle" is only possible, relative to consciousness.
If we were a bunch of different houses, consciousness would be the aspect of three dimensions that is the same aspect in all buildings.
Artificial consciousness generated in a computer, then copied to other computers.
www.armory.com /~moe/time.htm   (1891 words)

 Online papers on consciousness
This is a directory of 2573 online papers on consciousness and related topics.
For other sources of online papers, and for bibliographies of many more offline papers on consciousness, see:
Thanks to Steve Biggs, Karen Downing, Chris Evans, and Brad Thompson for their help with updates.
consc.net /online.html   (80 words)

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