Brain-inspired conscious computing architecture

Duch, Prof Wlodzislaw (2003) Brain-inspired conscious computing architecture. [Preprint]

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What type of artificial systems will claim to be conscious and will claim to experience qualia? The ability to comment upon physical states of a brain-like dynamical system coupled with its environment seems to be sufficient to make claims. The flow of internal states in such system, guided and limited by associative memory, is similar to the stream of consciousness. Minimal requirements for an artificial system that will claim to be conscious were given in form of specific architecture named articon. Nonverbal discrimination of the working memory states of the articon gives it the ability to experience different qualities of internal states. Analysis of the inner state flows of such a system during typical behavioral process shows that qualia are inseparable from perception and action. The role of consciousness in learning of skills, when conscious information processing is replaced by subconscious, is elucidated. Arguments confirming that phenomenal experience is a result of cognitive processes are presented. Possible philosophical objections based on the Chinese room and other arguments are discussed, but they are insufficient to refute claims articon’s claims. Conditions for genuine understanding that go beyond the Turing test are presented. Articons may fulfill such conditions and in principle the structure of their experiences may be arbitrarily close to human.

Item Type:Preprint
Additional Information:Submitted to the Journal of Mind and Behavior, 10/2003
Keywords:consciousness, working memory, computing architectures, qualia, long-term memory, chinese room.
Subjects:Neuroscience > Neuropsychology
Computer Science > Dynamical Systems
Neuroscience > Neural Modelling
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
Computer Science > Neural Nets
Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
ID Code:3319
Deposited By:Duch, Prof Wlodzislaw
Deposited On:18 Dec 2003
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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