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Machine Hyperconsciousness

Wallace, Rodrick (2006) Machine Hyperconsciousness. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Individual animal consciousness appears limited to a single giant component of interacting cognitive modules, instantiating a shifting, highly tunable, Global Workspace. Human institutions, by contrast, can support several, often many, such giant components simultaneously, although they generally function far more slowly than the minds of the individuals who compose them. Machines having multiple global workspaces -- hyperconscious machines -- should, however, be able to operate at the few hundred milliseconds characteistic of individual consciousness. Such multitasking -- machine or institutional -- while clearly limiting the phenomenon of inattentional blindness, does not eliminate it, and introduces characteristic failure modes involving the distortion of information sent between global workspaces. This suggests that machines explicitly designed along these principles, while highly efficient at certain sets of tasks, remain subject to canonical and idiosyncratic failure patterns analogous to, but more complicated than, those explored in Wallace (2006a). By contrast, institutions, facing similar challenges, are usually deeply embedded in a highly stabilizing cultural matrix of law, custom, and tradition which has evolved over many centuries. Parallel development of analogous engineering strategies, directed toward ensuring an 'ethical' device, would seem requisite to the sucessful application of any form of hyperconscious machine technology.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:bandpass, cognition, consciousness, directed homotopy, global workspace, groupoid, institution, information, machine, rate distortion, topology
Subjects:Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
ID Code:5005
Deposited By:Wallace, Rodrick
Deposited On:16 Jul 2006
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:56

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