Consciousness, meaning and the future phenomenology

Ricardo Sanz*, Carlos Hernández, Guadalupe Sánchez

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Abstract

Phenomenological states are generally considered sources of intrinsic motivation for autonomous biological agents. In this paper we will address the issue of exploiting these states for robust goal-directed systems. We will provide an analysis of consciousness in terms of a precise definition of how an agent ?understands? the informational flows entering the agent. This model of consciousness and understanding is based in the analysis and evaluation of phenomenological states along potential trajectories in the phase space of the agents. This implies that a possible strategy to follow in order to build autonomous but useful systems is to embed them with the particular, ad-hoc phenomenology that captures the requirements that define the system usefulness from a requirements-strict engineering viewpoint.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMachine Consciousness 2011
Subtitle of host publicationSelf, Integration and Explanation - Proceedings of a Symposium at the AISB'11 Convention
Pages55-60
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
EventMachine Consciousness 2011: Self, Integration and Explanation - A Symposium at the AISB'11 Convention - York, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Apr 20117 Apr 2011

Conference

ConferenceMachine Consciousness 2011: Self, Integration and Explanation - A Symposium at the AISB'11 Convention
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityYork
Period4/04/117/04/11

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