Evolving Robot Consciousness: The Easy Problems and the Rest

Harvey, Inman (2002) Evolving Robot Consciousness: The Easy Problems and the Rest. In: Fetzer, James H (ed.) Evolving Consciousness. Advances in Consciousness Research (34). J.H. Benjamins, pp. 205-219. ISBN 9027251541

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Abstract

A collection of stimulating studies on the past, the present, and the future of consciousness, Consciousness Evolving contributes to understanding some of the most important conceptual problems of our time. The advent of the modern synthesis together with the human genome project affords a platform for considering what it is that makes humans distinctive. Beginning with an essay that accents the nature of the problem within a behavioristic framework and concluding with reflections on the prospects for a form of immortality through serial cloning, the chapters are divided into three sections, which concern how and why consciousness may have evolved, special capacities involving language, creativity, and mentality as candidates for evolved adaptations, and the prospects for artificial evolution though the design of robots with specific forms of consciousness and mind. This volume should appeal to every reader who wants to better understand the human species, including its distinctive properties and its place in nature.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Inman Harvey
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:21
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2012 09:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25582
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