IDA: A Conscious Artifact?

Document Type: 
Article
Article Type: 
Other
Disciplines: 
Artificial intelligence
Topics: 
Theory of Consciousness
Deposited by: 
Prof Stan Franklin on 20 May 2009
Date of Issue: 
2003
Authors: 
Stan Franklin
Journal/Publication Title: 
Journal of Consciousness Studies
Volume: 
10
Page Range: 
47-66
Alternative URL: 
http://ccrg.cs.memphis.edu/assets/papers/IDA-ConsciousArtifact.pdf
Publish status: 
Published
Abstract: 
After discussing various types of consciousness, several approaches to machine consciousness, software agent, and global workspace theory, we describe a software agent, IDA, that is “conscious” in the sense of implementing that theory of consciousness. IDA perceives, remembers, deliberates, negotiates, and selects actions, sometimes “consciously.” She uses a variety of mechanisms, each of which is briefly described. It’s tempting to think of her as a conscious artifact. Is such a view in any way justified? The remainder of the paper considers this question.
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