Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness

Antonio Chella, Riccardo Manzotti

Consciousness is no longer a threatening notion in the community of AI. In human beings, consciousness corresponds to a collection of different features of human cognition. AI researchers are interested in understanding and, whether achievable, to replicate them in agents. It is fair to claim that there is a broad consensus about the distinction between the phenomenal and the cognitive aspects of consciousness (sometimes referred to as P- and A-Consciousness). The former problem is somehow related with the so-called hard problem and requires deep theoretical commitments. The latter problems are more frequently if not successfully addressed by the AI community. By and large, several models are competing to suggest the better way to deal with cognitive aspects of consciousness allegedly missing from traditional AI implementations. The AAAI Symposium on AI and Consciousness presents an overview on the current state of the art of consciousness inspired AI research.

Subjects: 9. Foundational Issues; 4. Cognitive Modeling

Submitted: Sep 13, 2007