Artificial consciousness includes research
aiming to create and study artificially conscious systems in order
to understand corresponding natural mechanisms.
The term "artificial consciousness" was used by several scientists
including Professor Igor Aleksander, a faculty member at the Imperial
College in London, England, who stated in his book Impossible Minds that
the principles for creating a conscious machine already existed but that
it would take forty years to train such a machine to understand language.
Understanding a language does not mean understand the language you are
using. Dogs may understand up to 200 words, but may not be able to demonstrate
to everyone that they can do so.
Digital sentience has so far been an elusive goal, and a vague and poorly
understood one at that. Since the 1950s, computer scientists, mathematicians,
philosophers, and science fiction authors have debated the meaning, possibilities
and the question of what would constitute digital sentience.
At this time analog holographic sentience modeled after humans is more
likely to be a successful approach.
AC research has moved beyond realm of philosophy; several serious attempts
are underway to instill consciousness in machines. Two of these are described
below; others exist and more will.. Read more...