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First, Scale Up to the Robotic Turing Test, Then Worry About Feeling

Harnad, Stevan and Scherzer, Peter (2007) First, Scale Up to the Robotic Turing Test, Then Worry About Feeling At Proceedings of AAAI 2007 Fall Symposium on AI and Consciousness. 08 - 11 Nov 2007.

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Consciousness is feeling, and the problem of consciousness is the problem of explaining how and why some of the functions underlying some of our performance capacities are felt rather than just “functed.” But unless we are prepared to assign to feeling a telekinetic power (which all evidence contradicts), feeling cannot be assigned any causal power at all. We cannot explain how or why we feel. Hence the empirical target of cognitive science can only be to scale up to the robotic Turing Test, which is to explain all of our performance capacity, but without explaining consciousness or incorporating it in any way in our functional explanation.

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Published date: 2007
Additional Information: Event Dates: November 8–11, 2007
Venue - Dates: Proceedings of AAAI 2007 Fall Symposium on AI and Consciousness, 2007-11-08 - 2007-11-11
Keywords: consciousness, cognition, artificial intelligence, causation, explanation, feeling, mind/matter problem, other minds problem
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


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Date deposited: 26 Aug 2007
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 07:35

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Author: Stevan Harnad
Author: Peter Scherzer

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