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  Leonardo Digital Reviews   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Aleksander gives examples of visually ego-oriented representations (machine input here: other things over there), but it's not a compelling argument that other aspects of mental processes which in toto contribute to the sense of self could be handled in the same way.
This is so because Aleksander never argues his assumption that the (1) relationship between visual (or other sensory) perceivers and the objects of perception are similar in the relevant ways to the (2) relationship between mental entities and the objects of their desire, fantasy, fear, memory, fibbing and other story-tellings, and so on.
Aleksander might be right in his assumptions that these latter relationships, tokens of consciousness, are not materially different than visual relationships, but we don't know that yet.
mitpress2.mit.edu /e-journals/Leonardo/reviews/sep2001/bk_BUILDMIND_karnow.html   (549 words)

  
 Leonardo Digital Reviews   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Igor Aleksander is no newcomer to the field or the debate.
Aleksander makes the point early in the book that he wishes to shift the locus of the discussion away from the concept of consciousness towards the idea of imagination.
For Aleksander this means a neural area in a brain simulation that "coherently represents the world from the point of view of the observer.
mitpress2.mit.edu /e-journals/Leonardo/reviews/sep2001/bk_BUILDMIND_pepperell.html   (2259 words)

  
 Artificial consciousness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The ability to predict (or anticipate) foreseeable events is considered important for AC by Igor Aleksander: He writes in Artificial Neuroconsciousness: An Update: "Prediction is one of the key functions of consciousness.
An organism that cannot predict would have a seriously hampered consciousness." The emergentist multiple drafts principle proposed by Daniel Dennett in Consciousness Explained may be useful for prediction: It involves the evaluation and selection of the most appropriate "draft" to fit the current environment.
The term "artificial consciousness" was used by several scientists including Professor Igor Aleksander, a faculty member at the Imperial College in London, England, who stated in his book Impossible Minds that the principles for creating a conscious machine already existed but that it would take forty years to train such a machine to understand language.
www.wikipedia.org /wiki/Artificial_sentience   (3701 words)

  
 Guardian Unlimited | Life | The simple things are hardest
A few years ago, Igor Aleksander was describing his work on artificial vision to a group of children.
Aleksander says he is too much of a maverick to follow that herd.
Aleksander wanted to mimic one of things people can do without much effort but which posed problems for artificial systems: holding an image of a tortoise in their head without having one in front of them.
www.guardian.co.uk /life/interview/story/0,12982,1511931,00.html   (1974 words)

  
 Talk:Artificial consciousness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Often neural networks are used, but as in the toolset by Igor Aleksander, they are also not a mere neural networks, but rather a neural networks combined with other solutions.
Igor Aleksander states in his paper Artificial Neuroconsciousness: An Update [11]: Relationships between world states are mirrored in the state structure of the conscious organism enabling the organism to predict events.
This Aleksander article is quite dense and, though its outline thesis is quite straightforward it would seem to require considerable study to understand all his algebra.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Talk:Artificial_consciousness   (15319 words)

  
 Igor Aleksander - Publication
Aleksander and B. Dunmall (2000) An extention to the hypothesis of the asynchrony of visualconsciousness, Proc.
Aleksander (1999) The Emergence of Richly Represented Inner Imagery in a Neurocomputational Model of the VisualSystem., Proc.
Aleksander (1998) A Neurocomputational View of Consciousness, In From Brains to Consciousness, Edited by Steven Rose.
www.iis.ee.ic.ac.uk /aleksander/publication.html   (327 words)

  
 Behind the Brain
Igor Aleksander [Ref: Iotm29] a computer engineer at London's Imperial College,is well aware that no one,biologist or psychologist, never mind an engineer can hope to court universal popularity by framing scientific explanations for the richness of human thought.
Igor Aleksander : People used to think that the heart was the centre of emotions and the centre of goodness and evil and so on.We now know that the heart is a pump,but you could have been burnt at the stake for stating that!
Igor Aleksander : It has never occurred to me that any form of rights are necessary for this machine, except the sort of protection that you need for an artefact.Patents and what have you.But the object itself will not require the rights that one normally thinks of for human beings.
www.fortunecity.com /emachines/e11/86/behind3.html   (1930 words)

  
 Imperial College London - The Engineer and the Brain - World expert to give interactive lecture in Kuala Lumpur
Professor Aleksander will give an interactive lecture mainly based on a computer-projected set of demonstrations using members of the audience to drive the computer.
The brain is the most complex machine on earth and Professor Aleksander will tell the story of the way in which engineers are helping to unravel its mysteries by building artificial models of the way it functions.
Igor Aleksander is Professor of Neural Systems Engineering and was Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College for 10 years.
www.imperial.ac.uk /P1233.htm   (797 words)

  
 How to Build a Mind; Toward Machines with Imagination; Igor Aleksander
When he asks it (in words) to produce an image of a banana that is blue with red spots, the image appears on the screen in seconds.
Part of the problem, according to Aleksander, is that consciousness remains ill-defined.
Igor Aleksander is professor of neural engineering systems at the Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine in London.
www.columbia.edu /cu/cup/catalog/data/023112/0231120125.HTM   (454 words)

  
 Alibris: Igor Aleksander
No one is better at explaining it than Igor Aleksander, one of the leaders in the field".
Igor Aleksander is a pioneer looking for keys to consciousness in intelligent machines...
by Aleksander, Igor, and Farreny, Henri, and Ghallab, Malik
www.alibris.com /search/books/author/Igor_Aleksander   (336 words)

  
 AI
Igor Aleksander heads a major British team that has applied engineering principles to the understanding of the human brain and has built several pioneering machines, culminating in "Magnus," which he calls a machine with imagination.
He shows not only how the latest work with artificial neural systems suggests that an artificial form of consciousness is possible but also that its design would clarify many of the puzzles surrounding the murky concept of consciousness itself.
Igor Aleksander is professor of neural sys­tems engineering and head of Intelligent and Interactive Systems at the Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine in London.
www.wordtrade.com /science/mathematics/ai.htm   (2623 words)

  
 misc5   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Igor Aleksander, Professor of Neural Systems Engineering and Jeremy Isaacs-lookalike, is one of the world's leading authorities on neural networks.
Igor Aleksander was born in Zagreb just over 60 years ago.
According to Igor Aleksander, the future is one of harmony between humans and thinking, conscious machines.
www.compulink.co.uk /~hewitt/misc5.htm   (2833 words)

  
 Opera - Kniaź Igor w Operze Leśnej w Sopocie
Aleksander Borodin najpierw zapisał się, ale w świecie nauki - pracą nad kondensacją aldehydów.
Kniaź Igor wyrusza na wyprawę przeciw koczowniczym plemionom Połowców.
Igor szczęśliwie dociera do Putywla witany radośnie przez żonę i lud.
www.teatry.art.pl /opera/kniazi.htm   (357 words)

  
 Imperial College London - Conscious Robots with Impossible Minds: an introduction to the mind of a conscious machine
Professor Aleksander is known for his design of neural machines which are inspired by the operation of living brains, and his books on this topic.
In his new book Impossible Minds: My Neurons, My Consciousness (IC Press: £17.00 hb), Igor Aleksander explodes the myth that human consciousness is too mysterious and complex for anyone to understand.
Igor Aleksander is Professor of Neural Systems Engineering at Imperial College and the first person to design a computer that could recognise a human face.
www.ic.ac.uk /P1850.htm   (1348 words)

  
 How to Build a Mind: Current Amazon U.S.A. One-Edition Data
Aleksander interweaves his personal experiences applying engineering principles to brain activity and imagined dialogues between great philosophers, including Descartes, Locke, and Hume.
This would be heavy reading without Aleksander's obvious appreciation of the tensions between science and philosophy and, ultimately, the irrelevance of that tension to a field where no solid answers can be given.
While Aleksander tries to model a "mind" on silicon he eludes defining consciousness while raising the ability of machines.
www.1-brs.com /us-reviewed/0231120125.html   (2027 words)

  
 Guardian Unlimited | Archive Search
Warwick suggests that the mental demands may have fatigued the poor students (the demoralising effect of realising the experiment was being run by a guy who could write such stuff does not seem to factor in his thinking).
In How to Build a Mind, Igor Aleksander tackles the issue of conscious computers with a quite different kind of lightness.
These conversations eventually culminate with Aleksander dreaming himself part of a BBC panel debate, chaired by Melvyn Bragg, that pits him against current luminaries of the consciousness scene such as Francis Crick and Steven Pinker.
www.guardianunlimited.co.uk /Archive/Article/0,4273,4058143,00.html   (856 words)

  
 Igor Aleksander, The World in My Mind, My Mind in the World   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
"Aleksander’s approach to understanding isn’t the only one that science has developed, nor should it be.
Igor Aleksander addresses this enigmatic topic, by making us understand the difference between what happens to us when thinking consciously and when sort of thinking when dreaming or when not conscious at all, as when sleeping, anaesthetised or knocked out by a blow on the head.
Igor Aleksander is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Imperial College, London.
www.imprint.co.uk /books/aleksander.html   (286 words)

  
 The Axioms of Consciousness   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Aleksander believes there are five key components to consciousness that need to be developed in robots: a sense of self, imagination, focused attention, forward planning and emotion.
He doesn't seem to believe that problems of ethics or freewill exist either in robots or man: "A properly functioning conscious machine is going to drive your car and it's going to drive it safely.
Human beings can malfunction in that way [too]." Aleksander is known for working on WISARD, the first face recognition system, in the early 1980s.
robots.net /article/1545.html   (152 words)

  
 Imperial College London - Machines with minds of their own
Professor Aleksander believes that the principles for creating a conscious machine already exist but it will take forty years to train a machine to understand language and the ways of the human world.
Professor Aleksander is convince that research into artificial intelligence will only increase our appreciation of the human mind.
Igor Aleksander has been researching intelligent machinery for more than 30 years.
www.ic.ac.uk /P1855.htm   (466 words)

  
 Live! : News
Professor Igor Aleksander, Head of Intelligent and Interactive Systems in the Department of Electricial Engineering has been confirmed as the guest speaker for this year's C&G Freshers' Dinner.
The author of several books, including "How to build a Mind", Prof Aleksander is a world authority on Artificial Intelligence (particularly in his specilisation of building machines with "conscience") and regularly appears on TV.
Aleksander is a fantastic speaker and I am sure he will give an inspiring address." Tickets for the Freshers' Dinner are still on sale from Waterstones, ICU Reception, the C&GCU Office and several Departmental Societies.
live.cgcu.net /news?id=239   (269 words)

  
 WHO IS WHO ?
Buscando respuesta a esta pregunta, en esta ocasión visitamos a Igor Aleksander, un ingeniero esloveno de IA que vino a Londres hace 30 años, creador de "Magnus" (Multi Automata General Neural Unit Structure).
Aleksander es un científico realmente curioso; no sólo se preocupa por los aspectos ingenieriles de la IA, sino también por lo que los filósofos, desde Locke hasta Wittgenstein, han especulado sobre la consciencia e incluso de lo que la literatura ha aportado al tema.
Nada reduccionista, Aleksander se enfrenta con honestidad y amplitud de miras al problema, y nos expone una original versión de la consciencia artificial que es al mismo tiempo, semejante y diferente a la humana.
www.bitniks.es /WHO/ABC/ALEK/1.shtml   (1008 words)

  
 ePrints.FRI - Name: Sadikov, Aleksander   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Sadikov, Aleksander and Kononenko, Igor and Bevk, Matjaz and Bosnic, Zoran (2001) GDV technique and machine learning: Current research and results.
Sadikov, Aleksander and Kononenko, Igor and Pirc, Mark (2000) Vizualizacija in analiza bioelektromagnetnega polja človeka.
Kononenko, Igor and Zrimec, Tatjana and Sadikov, Aleksander and Mele, Katarina and Milharcic, Tadej (1999) Machine learning and GDV images: current research and results.
eprints.fri.uni-lj.si /view/name/Sadikov,_Aleksander.html   (331 words)

  
 mike king | writings | Preface to Biotica
The project is documented with admirable clarity and honesty and gains greatly from the essay contributions from Jonathon Mackenzie, Igor Aleksander and Joe Faith.
Biotica is the brainchild of Research Fellow Richard Brown and explores the question of what it means for a ‘thing’ to be ‘alive’ using the scientific notion of emergence as a focussing issue.
Although Biotica is a small-scale endeavour, there is no doubt that it is, within its remit, probing the question ‘what is it like to be human?’ Whatever the scale of the answers arrived at, they deserve serious consideration.
www.jnani.org /mrking/writings/earts/biotica.html   (1448 words)

  
 Mechanical Engineering and Machinery - Aleksander, Igor. - What's Been Published   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Showing all records for Author Name: Aleksander, Igor.
0137820798 - Decision and intelligence / Igor Aleksander, Henri Farreny, and Malik Ghallab.
0850386519 - Decision and intelligence / Igor Aleksander, Henri Farreny and Malik Ghallab ; [translated by Meg Tombs].
www.pitbossannie.com /aus-tj-aleksander-igor.html   (69 words)

  
 ISR - No. 1, 2001 - Book Shelf
It is the first publication to include a thorough treatment of the new design methodology GPD (generalized probabilistic descent).
Igor Aleksander heads a team that has applied engineering principles to the understanding of the human brain.
Aleksander shows not only how recent work with artificial neural systems suggests that an artificial consciousness is possible but also that its design would clarify many of the puzzles surrounding the concept of consciousness itself.
www.lionhrtpub.com /ISR/isr-1-01/bookshelf.html   (253 words)

  
 Biotica   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The project, conceived by Richard Brown, was developed in conjunction with Jonathan Mackenzie and Gavin Baily with consultancy from Professor Igor Aleksander of Imperial College London.
This book investigates the many ideas and issues informing the project, acknowledging the achievements and problems in seeking to develop an artwork that would harness the properties of emergence.
The preface by Mike King and essays by Igor Aleksander, Jonathan Mackenzie and Joe Faith provide a critical contextualisation of BIOTICA in relation to scientific research and other art projects in this field.
www.mimetics.com /biobook.html   (202 words)

  
 ePrints.FRI - Name: Kononenko, Igor   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Sajn, Luka and Kukar, Matjaz and Kononenko, Igor and Milcinski, Metka (2005) Automatic segmentation of whole-body bone scintigrams as a preprocessing step for computer assisted diagnostics.
Peer, Peter and Prihavec, Bor and Kononenko, Igor and Solina, Franc (1999) Vizualizacija bioelektromagnetnega polja človeka.
Peer, Peter and Cargo, Bostjan and Kononenko, Igor (1997) Extension of ReliefF.
eprints.fri.uni-lj.si /view/name/Kononenko,_Igor.html   (383 words)

  
 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Magnum's creator, Igor Aleksander, who works on intelligent and interactive systems, claims to be close to cracking the problem of "qualia" in artificial intelligence.
The counter argument to this by AI advocates is to accept that qualia exist, but can be explained in some mechanic way and thus be re-created.
He believes that you get "qualia alongside a set of "special awareness brain cells" and that these evolved to enable the brain to generalize from a limited experience of learning.
www.udel.edu /billf/byrd.html   (308 words)

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