Third Issue of the IJMC

Third Issue of the International Journal of Machine Consciousness Available

The third issue of the IJMC (volume 2, issue 1, June 2010) is now available online! This issue is centered around the target paper “An Alternative to Working on Machine Consciousness” written byAaron Sloman, and commented by leading Machine Consciousness researchers (see Table of Contents below).

Sloman’s paper abstract:

This paper extends three decades of work arguing that researchers who discuss consciousness should not restrict themselves only to (adult) human minds, but should study (and attempt to model) many kinds of minds, natural and artificial, thereby contributing to our understanding of the space containing all of them. We need to study what they do or can do, how they can do it, and how the natural ones can be emulated in synthetic minds. That requires: (a) understanding sets of requirements that are met by different sorts of minds, i.e. the niches that they occupy, (b) understanding the space of possible designs, and (c) understanding complex and varied relationships between requirements and designs. Attempts to model or explain any particular phenomenon, such as vision, emotion, learning, language use, or consciousness lead to muddle and confusion unless they are placed in that broader context. A methodology for making progress is summarised and a novel requirement proposed for a theory of how human minds work: the theory should support a single generic design for a learning, developing system that, in addition to meeting familiar requirements, should be capable of developing different and opposed philosophical viewpoints about consciousness, and the so-called hard problem. In other words, we need a common explanation for the mental machinations of mysterians, materialists, functionalists, identity theorists, and those who regard all such theories as attempting to answer incoherent questions. No designs proposed so far come close.

Additionally, the background paper ‘Phenomenal and Access Consciousness and the “Hard” Problem: A View from the Designer Stance’ by Sloman is freely available online.

International Journal of Machine Consciousness (IJMC)

Volume: 2, Issue: 1 (June 2010)

EDITORIAL
Page: iii-iii
Target Paper
AN ALTERNATIVE TO WORKING ON MACHINE CONSCIOUSNESS
AARON SLOMAN
DOI No: 10.1142/S1793843010000400
Page: 1-18
Commentaries
DOES SLOMAN CRITICISE SLOMAN?
IGOR ALEKSANDER
DOI No: 10.1142/S1793843010000230
Page: 19-22
SLOMAN AND H-CONSCIOUSNESS
PIOTR BOLTUC
DOI No: 10.1142/S1793843010000242
Page: 23-26 

CONSCIOUSNESS OR CONSCIOUSNESSES? MODELING FOR DISENTANGLING
CRISTIANO CASTELFRANCHI
DOI No: 10.1142/S1793843010000254
Page: 27-30
WHICH KIND OF MACHINE CONSCIOUSNESS?
ROBERTO CORDESCHI
DOI No: 10.1142/S1793843010000266
Page: 31-33
THE WELL-TESTED YOUNG SCIENTIST
COLIN HALES
DOI No: 10.1142/S1793843010000278
Page: 35-39 

HOW ALTERNATIVE IS THE ALTERNATIVE?
ELIZABETH IRVINE
DOI No: 10.1142/S179384301000028X
Page: 41-44
ENGINEERING PHILOSOPHY
CATHERINE LEGG
DOI No: 10.1142/S1793843010000369
Page: 45-50
WHAT DOES A SLOMAN WANT?
DREW McDERMOTT
DOI No: 10.1142/S1793843010000291
Page: 51-53
IS IT TIME FOR THE NEW COGNITIVE REVOLUTION?
ALEXEI V. SAMSONOVICH
DOI No: 10.1142/S1793843010000308
Page: 55-58
IS THERE ANYTHING OR NOTHING? ON THE PROPER STANCE FOR CONSCIOUSNESS ANALYSIS
RICARDO SANZ
DOI No: 10.1142/S179384301000031X
Page: 59-63
THERE IS MORE THAN AI BENEATH THE SURFACE OF CONSCIOUSNESS
JOHN G. TAYLOR
DOI No: 10.1142/S1793843010000321
Page: 65-68 

CONSCIOUSNESS AND VIRTUALITY
GIUSEPPE TRAUTTEUR
DOI No: 10.1142/S1793843010000333
Page: 69-73
Response Paper
MACHINE CONSCIOUSNESS: RESPONSE TO COMMENTARIES
AARON SLOMAN
DOI No: 10.1142/S1793843010000412
Page: 75-116
Background Paper
PHENOMENAL AND ACCESS CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE “HARD” PROBLEM: A VIEW FROM THE DESIGNER STANCE
AARON SLOMAN
DOI No: 10.1142/S1793843010000424
Page: 117-169

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