Synthetic Phenomenology

Chrisley, Ron (2009) Synthetic Phenomenology. International Journal of Machine Consciousness, 1 (1). pp. 53-70. ISSN 17938430

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Abstract

The term "synthetic phenomenology" refers to: 1) any attempt to characterize the phenomenal states possessed, or modeled by, an artefact (such as a robot); or 2) any attempt to use an artefact to help specify phenomenal states (independently of whether such states are possessed by a naturally conscious being or an artefact). The notion of synthetic phenomenology is clarified, and distinguished from some related notions. It is argued that much work in machine consciousness would benefit from being more cognizant of the need for synthetic phenomenology of the first type, and of the possible forms it may take. It is then argued that synthetic phenomenology of the second type looks set to resolve some problems confronted by standard, non-synthetic attempts at characterizing phenomenal states. An example of the second form of synthetic phenomenology is given.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Ron Chrisley
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:39
Last Modified: 31 May 2012 11:29
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17647
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