Studying artificial 'consciousness' could pave the way for artificial intelligence

November 11, 2015
Studying artificial ‘consciousness’ could pave the way for artificial intelligence

Imagine a world where "thinking" robots were able to care for the elderly and people with disabilities. This concept may seem futuristic, but exciting new research into consciousness could pave the way for the creation of intuitive artificial intelligence.

Technology enables the efficient and reliable collection of data, yet it is still not possible to measure or predict how the data will be integrated into artificial systems.

Researchers at Monash University will participate in a project that aims to determine whether robots and computers are capable of . A Japan Science and Technology (JST) Core Research for Evolutionary Science and Technology grant will fund a group of Japanese researchers, led by Dr Ryota Kanai at Araya Brain Imaging. Associate Professor Nao Tsuchiya, Monash University School of Psychological Sciences, will join the team. The grant will last five years (with a value of approximately $3.4m), supporting the project towards construction of artificial consciousness based on the integrated theory (IIT).

The grant facilitates the interaction between academics and industrial partners, supporting the international (Australia and Japan) and interdisciplinary (neuroscience, engineering and ) team.

Associate Professor Nao Tsuchiya, School of Psychological Sciences said that while the science of artificial intelligence is maturing, assessing whether robots or computers are capable of consciousness remains a challenge.

"There are no agreed criteria to assess whether artificial intelligence entities are conscious. We are using a mathematical theory, IIT, to assess the level and content of consciousness," Associate Professor Tsuchiya said.

"Our research will initially focus on the quality and quantity of the consciousness of a biological system and evaluate how information is processed and integrated within that system," he added.

The research will look at how the brain integrates information in various states of consciousness, such as during wakefulness, sleep and anaesthesia. Parallel research projects will try to develop artificial networks with high information integration.

The final stage of the research will seek indications of consciousness, examining how a robot with high information integration behaves autonomously and flexibly.

The possibility of consciousness in artificial intelligence has long fascinated neuroscientists and developments in this space could have applications in industry and healthcare sectors.

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robert_gorczyca74
1 / 5 (2) Nov 15, 2015
These guys waste their time and somebody's money to drain his wallet to the end. I've read the IIT theory and this is another misunderstaning about consciousness.
I've already done in 2013 what these nice, honest guys are looking for.
That's the cheeky way to get money. And all what they do is to ignore the fact or fight.
That's not nice.
antialias_physorg
2.3 / 5 (3) Nov 15, 2015
I've already done in 2013 what these nice, honest guys are looking for.

Proof? Link?
That's a pretty huge claim you're putting out there.
robert_gorczyca74
3 / 5 (2) Nov 16, 2015
You say: Huge claim - I've got reason to say that.
I'm looking for serious, mature investor, that's it.
antialias_physorg
4 / 5 (4) Nov 17, 2015
I'm looking for serious, mature investor, that's it.

Here? You've got to be kidding (especially since you're not willing to back up your claim...you think an 'investor' is going pump money into something they have to take on faith? You've got to be kidding)

You're a fraud. Plain and simple.
SuperThunder
5 / 5 (1) Nov 17, 2015
I've read the IIT theory and this is another misunderstaning about consciousness.

Not as bad as your misunderstanding about theory.
I'm looking for serious, mature investor, that's it.

I'm looking for an honest man. If you run into Diogenes, say you don't know me.
robert_gorczyca74
1 / 5 (2) Nov 17, 2015
you say: " You've got to be kidding (especially since you're not willing to back up your claim...you think an 'investor' is going pump money into something they have to take on faith? You've got to be kidding)

You're a fraud. Plain and simple".

If you go to the cinema you pay £11 for the ticket. You pay before not after do you?
I'm waiting for someone for whom to pay £2000 000 for the ticket is like these £11 for you or me. I don't understand your offensive comment, why you're so angry?
The faith that's the only reason that somebody opened the wallet for those guys from the article. Perhaps you're one of them.
The faith of this man is in that that they know what they're doing and what they're looking for.
That's why please hold on your emotions, your language. Please. I didn't come here to fight,

robert_gorczyca74
1 / 5 (2) Nov 17, 2015
Yes, I think you can call it fraud what they're doing. And I think that can be the reason of such strong emotions.
By attacking me you show lack of arguments. And the comment of super thunder....super thunder oh my... who you are? Kid? super thunder, superman and batman. Congrats for the level of your comments. With such brains you want to defend the position that you understand consciousness.
Your comments show naked truth about yourselves.
I can't believe in what I had to read from you today. Can't believe.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3 / 5 (2) Nov 17, 2015
I'm looking for serious, mature investor, that's it.

Here? You've got to be kidding (especially since you're not willing to back up your claim...you think an 'investor' is going pump money into something they have to take on faith? You've got to be kidding)

You're a fraud. Plain and simple.
Naw I dont think hes a fraud. I think hes a very genuine troll.
robert_gorczyca74
1 / 5 (1) Nov 17, 2015
You guys are really terrified. cheeky, agressive and terrified because somebody said the truth about you. To me was enough to read about the IIT theory. And these comments... What a naive man gives you money? INCREDIBLE.
robert_gorczyca74
1 / 5 (1) Nov 17, 2015
Chicken hidden behind the nickname is calling me troll. Don't say to me like that because one day you'll be proud that you had this conversation with me. I won't.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3 / 5 (2) Nov 17, 2015
Chicken hidden behind the nickname is calling me troll. Don't say to me like that because one day you'll be proud that you had this conversation with me. I won't.
Yawn.

Perhaps another psychopath? The woods are full of them.
antigoracle
not rated yet Nov 17, 2015
You say: Huge claim - I've got reason to say that.
I'm looking for serious, mature investor, that's it.

So, what you are saying is - Don't buy their snake oil, buy yours instead.
robert_gorczyca74
1 / 5 (1) Nov 20, 2015
If I'd have these $3,4 mln my investor wouldn't need to wait long for results.
If I'd be investor I'd set up deadlines for stages and expect results.
That's it from me.
You people already proved that you have no idea what you're doing.

Ghost otto: another rude one: "Perhaps another psychopath" - you can't recognize correctly. Another thing that you're trying to do and you have no idea about it.
Thank you for nice conversation.

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