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


Harnad, Stevan and Scherzer, Peter (2008) First, Scale Up to the Robotic Turing Test,? Then Worry About Feeling At Symposium on AI and Consciousness: Theoretical Foundations and Current Approaches AAAI 2007, United States. 09 - 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.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Additional Information: Event Dates: 9-11 November 2007
Venue - Dates: Symposium on AI and Consciousness: Theoretical Foundations and Current Approaches AAAI 2007, United States, 2007-11-09 - 2007-11-11
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Keywords: consciousness, cognition, feeling, artificial intelligence, symbol grounding, mindébody problem
Organisations: Web & Internet Science
ePrint ID: 265692
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Date Deposited: 09 May 2008 00:12
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2017 10:41
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/265692

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