Artificial Consciousness is the study of how to design a conscious machine.
Proponents of Artificial Consciousness (AC) believe it is possible to emulate/simulate consciousness in a machine, probably some form of computer. However, there is no general agreement on how this will be done.
There are two main schools of thought in Artificial Consciousness
- Phenomenal Consciousness: Which assumes that simulation of neural structures is the key, some say that consciousness is an epiphenomena of the brain.
- Functional Consciousness: Which assumes that we can model functions found by psychology
These schools tend to suggest mutually exclusive tests.
Recently a third school has started to develop. Called the Hybrid Consciousness School, it acknowledges that we do not yet have enough knowledge about the nature of the brain to do a pure Functional Approach, and should therefore simulate what we cannot directly translate into functions.
In order to fully understand this topic the student must understand a number of other disciplines and topics such as:
- Philosophy of Mind
- Psychology and how it relates to consciousness
- Neuroscience and the Neural Correlates of Consciousness
- Artificial Intelligence and how it relates to consciousness
- Computer Science and how it relates to language formation
- Natural Language/Linguistics and how they relate to Consciousness
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