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Searle on the Mind-Body Problem Print E-mail
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Written by Raul Arrabales   
Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Searle on the Mind-Body Problem

The following video is a short excerpt from an interview to John Searle about his book Intentionality and Minds, Brains and Science.

Will computers ever achieve consciousness? John Searle, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy and cognitive science at U.C. Berkeley and author of Intentionality and Minds, Brains and Science. He challenges the notion that the human mind operates like a computer, pointing out that intentionality and other human faculties are not achievable through artificial intelligence.

 

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Lectures on Machine Consciousness - Madrid 2011 Print E-mail
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Written by Raúl Arrabales Moreno   
Friday, 21 January 2011

Lectures on Machine Consciousness - Madrid - February 2011

From January 31st to February 4th, 2011, the Scalab research group from the Carlos III University of Madrid will hold the 4th International Seminar on New Issues in Artificial Intelligence. This edition of the AI postgraduate seminar series will include a keynote lecture on Machine Consciousness by Prof. Antonio Chella.

Antonio Chella Antonio Chella was born in Florence on March 4, 1961. In 1988 he obtained his laurea degree cum laude in Electronic Engineering from the University of Palermo and in 1993 he obtained his PhD in Computer Engineering defending a thesis on neural networks for robot vision. From 1992 to 1998 he was a scientific researcher at the University of Palermo, where he became an associate professor in 1998 and a professor in robotics in 2001. He is the head of RoboticsLab. His main research interests concern machine consciousness and cognitive architectures for robotics.He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of machine Consciousness. He is a member of IEEE, AAAI, IAPR, AI*IA, AICA, SIREN.

The seminar lectures will cover, amongst others, an introduction to the field of Machine Consciousness, related work and related fields of scientific study, the emerging importance of Machine Consciousness for AI, current state of research, theoretical foundations, and experimental results.

An abstract of the lectures can be found here. The event will take place (free entrance) at UC3M Leganés Campus. Check the Seminar Program.

 

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AAAI Tutorial on Machine Consciousness Print E-mail
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Written by Raúl Arrabales   
Thursday, 22 April 2010

Tutorial on AI and Machine Consciousness at AAAI Conference by Antonio Chella.

July 11 2010. Atlanta. Twenty-Fourth Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-10).

Tutorial SA-1. AI and Machine Consciousness

By Antonio Chella.

Machine consciousness is an emerging field that addresses the problems of designing and implementing computational models of consciousness in an agent. The target of machine consciousness research is twofold: the possibility of building phenomenally conscious machines (that is, facing the hard problem of qualia) and the analysis of the active role of consciousness in controlling and planning the behaviour of an agent.

Machine consciousness is placed at the crossing between technical disciplines (AI, robotics, computer science and engineering), theoretical disciplines (philosophy of mind, linguistics, logic), and empirical disciplines (psychology and neuroscience). It focuses on attempts to apply the methods of AI, robotics and computer science to understand consciousness and to examine the possible role of consciousness in AI systems. On the one hand there is the hope that facing the problem of consciousness would be a decisive move to design better AI systems; on the other hand the implementations of AI systems could be helpful for understanding natural consciousness.

The tutorial will present the current state of research in machine consciousness and it will discuss the theoretical foundations and the experimental results of the field and their importance for the AI community.

The tutorial will be divided in four parts: i) theoretical and philosophical issues of consciousness, ii) models of machine consciousness, iii) case studies and implemented systems, and iv) discussions and perspectives of machine consciousness.

Prerequisite knowledge: No specific prior knowledge is required.

Antonio Chella Antonio Chella is a professor of robotics in the Computer Engineering Department of the University of Palermo, Italy, where he leads the robotics laboratory. He is an associate editor of the Artificial Intelligence Journal. In 2007 he organized and cochaired the AAAI Fall Symposium on AI and Consciousness. He is cofounder and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Machine Consciousness started in 2009. His recent research interests address the implementation of machine consciousness models in autonomous robots.

More information: AAAI-10 Tutorial Forum page.

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Consciousness: The Webcourse Print E-mail
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Written by Raúl Arrabales Moreno   
Saturday, 10 October 2009

Center for Consciousness Studies

Fall 2009
Consciousness: The Web Course, and
Advanced Seminar: An Introduction to Mind and Brain

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Pentti Haikonen talks about Cyborgs Print E-mail
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Written by Raúl Arrabales Moreno   
Tuesday, 07 July 2009

Pentti Haikonen Pentti Haikonen talks about Cyborgs

In this video interview Pentti Haikonen share his thoughts about cyborgs.

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Consciousness Evolves Besides Genetics Print E-mail
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Written by Ana María Jaramillo V.   
Monday, 06 April 2009

Raúl Arrabales Moreno, Machine Consciousness researcher at Carlos III University of Madrid

“CONSCIOUSNESS EVOLVES BESIDES GENETICS”

By Ana María Jaramillo V. (Translation of interview published by Blog Sistemas Inteligentes)

Inspired by the Strong Artificial Intelligence school, the same that captivated audiences in movies like ‘The Matrix’ or ‘2001 Space Odyssey’, this engineer by profession, multidisciplinary scientist by passion, believes the ultimate goal of Machine Consciousness research is to understand human nature. He pursues, as only a few do, the dream of creating self-conscious robots, as he asserts the best way to prove that something is understood is by recreating it.

Conscious Robot

Arrabales believes the real advancement of this field will come thanks to the synergy between mind research and technological disciplines. He knows he will live to see important qualitative changes and advocates the application of cognitive models from psychology or neurology to computational architectures.

This young scientist works in a controversial but fascinating field, where everyday research can be turned into fantasy, raising questions about free will and determinism in both humans and their creations.

AMJ: From what I understood reading you blog, you believe in the creation of artificial consciousness, don’t you?

RA: Yes, I believe so. However, it is not clear to me when and to what degree we will achieve this goal. Actually, one of the most important research lines I am currently working on is focused on the measure of the degree of artificial consciousness. There is no consensus about how to address this challenge. In fact, we don’t have a clear answer about the degree of consciousness of a coma patient. The definition of the term consciousness is a problem itself.

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