Exploring the Complex Interplay between AI and Consciousness

Sidney K. D'Mello, Stan Franklin

This paper embodies the authors’ suggestive, hypothetical and sometimes speculative attempts to answer questions related to the interplay between consciousness and AI. We explore the theoretical foundations of consciousness in AI systems. We provide examples that demonstrate the potential utility of incorporating functional consciousness in cognitive AI systems. We also explore the possible contributions to the scientific study of consciousness from insights obtained by building and experimenting with conscious AI systems. Finally, we evaluate the possibility of phenomenally conscious machines.

Subjects: 4. Cognitive Modeling; 2. Architectures

Submitted: Sep 4, 2007