A "Consciousness" Based Architecture for a Functioning Mind

Document Type: 
Book Chapter
Article Type: 
Other
Disciplines: 
Artificial intelligence
Topics: 
Theory of Consciousness
Deposited by: 
Prof Stan Franklin on 20 May 2009
Date of Issue: 
2005
Authors: 
Stan Franklin
Title of Book: 
Visions of Mind
Publisher: 
Information Science Publishing
Place of Publication: 
Hershey, PA
ISBN: 
1591404827
Alternative URL: 
http://ccrg.cs.memphis.edu/assets/papers/conscious%20based%20architecture%20for%20a%20functioning%20mind.pdf
Publish status: 
Published
Abstract: 
Here we describe an architecture for an autonomous software agent designed to model a broad spectrum of human cognitive and affective functioning. In addition to featuring “consciousness,” the architecture accommodates perception, several forms of memory, emotions, action selection, deliberation, ersatz language generation, several forms of learning, and metacognition. One such software agent, IDA, embodying much of this architecture, is up and running. IDA’s “consciousness” module is based on global workspace theory, allowing it to select relevant resources with which to deal flexibly with both exogenous and endogenous stimuli. Within this architecture, emotions implement IDA’s drives, her primary motivations. Offering one possible architecture for a fully functioning artificial mind, IDA constitutes an early attempt at the exploration of design space and niche space. The design of the IDA architecture spawns hypotheses concerning human cognition and affect that can serve to guide the research of cognitive scientists and neuroscientists. One such hypothesis is that consciousness is discrete.
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