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Artificial Consciousness: in the philosophical discussion about artificial consciousness, the question is whether non-living systems can acquire a set of distinctions that allow a “knowledge-how”. This is meant to be an experiencing of qualities, which can lead to novel decisions. In contrast, the (artificial) intelligence in the narrower sense is the ability to solve problems. See also artificial intelligence, strong artificial intelligence, consciousness, self-consciousness, connectionism, qualia, knowledge-how.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

Author Item Summary Meta data
I 455
Artificial Awareness/Symbolic Communication/Symbolic Reference/Deacon: will we one day build devices with a symbolic understanding? Yes, I believe so, and in the not too distant future. These machines must have sensibility, however, in order to do symbolic reference.
I 460
This is not about the size of neural networks, but about the special logic of the relationships between different learning processes. This is a global property of such networks, not their microstructure.
We will be able to build such machines faster than nature, which used blind trial-and-error techniques.
Mind/Deacon: is a physical process. And we can copy physical processes, whether we understand what is going on or not.
I 462
Turing-Test/Deacon: if the machine has stored enough information about the world from conversations with real people, it can pass any test. It can always fake sensibility. That is the essence of Searle's criticism.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Dea I
T. W. Deacon
The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of language and the Brain New York 1998

Dea II
Terrence W. Deacon
Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter New York 2013

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