Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems 2004
29 August - 1 September 2004, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK

BICS Debate

Machine Consciousness: Does it Make Sense?

Debate scheduled for Tuesday 31 August 2004, 11:20-12:45

Following a series of meetings in the US and Europe on 'Machine Consciousness' and funding organisations gearing up to create programmes in this area, a debate involving the audience is being planned. The discussants will include:

Owen Holland of Essex University who has begun an EPSRC (UK) programme of looking at consciousness in the context of designing Robots;

John Taylor (abstract)of Kings College, London, who takes an analytic approach to grounded neurological data;

Igor Aleksander (abstract)of Imperial College, London who has developed a theory of minimal properties required by a mechanism to support conscious sensation;

Mark Bishop (abstract) of Goldsmiths College, London, who takes a philosophical view of the question and forsees pitfalls.

Les Smith of Stirling University will chair the proceedings.

Note that the debate is scheduled just before lunch, so that discussion can carry on into lunch!

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