From Biological to Synthetic Neurorobotics Approaches to Understanding the Structure Essential to Consciousness, Part 1

APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers 1 (16):13-23 (2016)
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Abstract

Direct neurological and especially imaging-driven investigations into the structures essential to naturally occurring cognitive systems in their development and operation have motivated broadening interest in the potential for artificial consciousness modeled on these systems. This first paper in a series of three begins with a brief review of Boltuc’s (2009) “brain-based” thesis on the prospect of artificial consciousness, focusing on his formulation of h-consciousness. We then explore some of the implications of brain research on the structure of consciousness, finding limitations in biological approaches to the study of consciousness. Looking past these limitations, we introduce research in artificial consciousness designed to test for the emergence of consciousness, a phenomenon beyond the purview of the study of existing biological systems.

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Jeffrey White
Okinawa Institute Of Science And Technology

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