A role for consciousness in action selection


Bryson, J. J., 2011. A role for consciousness in action selection. In: Proceedings of the AISB 2011 Symposium: Machine Consciousness, 2011-04-06 - 2011-04-07.

Related documents:

PDF (Bryson-MC-AISB2011.pdf) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (116kB) | Preview


    This paper argues that conscious attention exists not so much for selecting an immediate action as for focusing learning of the action-selection mechanisms and predictive models on tasks and environmental contingencies likely to affect the conscious agent. It is perfectly possible to build this sort of system into machine intelligence, but it is not strictly necessary unless the intelligence needs to learn and is resource-bounded with respect to the rate of learning vs. the rate of relevant environmental change. Support of this theory is drawn from scientific research and AI simulations, and a few consequences are suggested with respect to self consciousness and ethical obligations to and for AI.


    Item Type Conference or Workshop Items (Paper)
    CreatorsBryson, J. J.
    DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Computer Science
    Research CentresCentre for Mathematical Biology
    ID Code27231


    Actions (login required)

    View Item

    Document Downloads

    More statistics for this item...