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Weekly Discussion Topics, Apr 30

April 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Weekly Discussion Topics

Apr 30, 2010

1.) The major topic for this week is the article ‘Virtual Machines and Consciousness’ by Sloman and Chrisley, Journal of Consciousness Studies, 10, No 4-5, 2003.  The word consciousness has no well defined meaning but the authors use it to refer to engineering aspects of human and animal information processing.  This article focuses on the impact architecture has in many of the aspects that are associated with consciousness. 


ICIW News Release

April 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Here is the link to the ICIW new release posted on the AFIT public website:

From Carrie Solberg

Capt Amerika gauging interest

April 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Guys attached are the articles that are consuming my quest bandwidth for the week – I’m locked away a lot again this week but I wanted to get this to you so you can vector us towards aspects that particularly interest your quest itches.  You can look at this list or provide other stuff for considerations:

Barsalou – perceptual symbol systems – could spark an interesting discussion on amodal versus perceptual representations – brian directly in your interest I suspect – and a concern to the phd students as they attempt to implement solutions – also really interesting discussion on what is required for conceptual solutions to be functional – if you will what our tenets must include – really long paper and great feedback comments on the back – terminology issues tho

Aleksander – designing conscious systems – high level article on machine consciousness – leads to other work like by the cicerobot (museum guide ideas), has the five axioms of consciousness – characteristics that a machine implementation must account for  –

Sloman and chrisley – architecture based discussion – actually brings in qualia to the discussion – that mixture I thought was of common interest – attempts to address lack of definitions of concepts like information – can relate his ‘machine’ to our agents or at least one type of his machines –

Anyway as I come in and out of lock downs I will check emails – and try to be prepared on Friday to help lead a discussion on whatever the group wants BUT if you chime in – please do some homework in the respective area so you can help lead as I can’t guarantee how much bandwidth I can break free to be able to scratch you itches

Capt amerika

Barsalou PSS

designing conscious systems


QUEST Discussion Topics and News for Apr 23

April 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Weekly Discussion Topics and Weekly News

Apr 23, 2010

1.) This Friday we are honored to have Dr. John Salerno as a guest lecturer for QUEST.  Dr. Salerno is a world-class expert in many areas that are the focus of QUEST including fusion and situation awareness.  For this week’s lecture we’ve asked Dr. Salerno to focus on his work on SITA, Situation Identification and Threat Assessment – understanding the adversary.  In addition to QUEST interest with respect to solutions to this area (SITA) as a layered sensing driver problem, I hope to stimulate a discussion of the use of SITA ideas as a means to baseline a Libet soup generation of the competing plausible narratives.   The idea being that we need to generate many possible interpretations of the world we are sensing that compete with the winning narrative becoming what we perceive (our qualia).  SITA could provide an approach to generate the competing possible plausible narratives.

Salerno paper

Salerno Slides for QUEST

Weekly Discussion Topics and News Stories

QUEST Discussion Topics and News for Apr 16th

April 16, 2010 Leave a comment

QUEST Discussion Topics and Weekly News

April 16th, 2010

1.)  This week we are happy to have Dr. Leonid Perlovsky continue his presentation to the QUEST group.  The presentation material will focus on development of dynamic logic, briefly mention transitions to operations, and spend more time on new scientific development: (1) tracking and detection in heavy clutter; (2) adaptive situational awareness (learning subsets of objects related to important situations among many random objects); (3) relating this to Barsalou’s Perceptual Symbol System; (4) future use of this technique for object detection using qualia: modeling objects as sets of features (among many irrelevant features) – also a Barsalou’s idea; (5) modeling interaction of cognition and language; (6) role of emotions in cognition and language; (7) evolution of languages and cultures and the fundamental role of music in cognition.  Dr. Perlovsky has supplied his slides to us, anyone who would like to have a copy please email me beforehand.

2.)  If there is any time remaining, we have prepared a set of slides summarizing the paper ‘Designing Conscious Systems’ by Igor Aleksander that we can bring up and start a discussion on.  Again, just drop me a line if you would like a copy of these slides.

QUEST Discussion Topics and Weekly News APR 16th

Meeting material for April 9th

QUEST Discussion Topics and Weekly News

April 9th, 2010

  1.  FYI, Dr. Steven Rogers will be serving as the Keynote speaker at the 5th International Conference on Information Warfare and Security, with Dr. Michael Grimaila serving as the Conference Chair.  Dr. Rogers’ talk will be tomorrow, April 9th, at 9:00 at the Hope Hotel.  The title of the talk is “Integrated human computer solutions for the ‘wicked’ problems we face”.  We plan on doing a sort of wrap-up of the material and any feedback we may receive at the start of this week’s QUEST meeting.  For anyone who doesn’t have an updated copy of the slides, you can either visit the blog and download them or email me directly and I will get them to you. 
  2. Another quick announcement, Dr. Morley Stone, Chief Scientist of the Human Effectiveness Directorate, will be hosting another presentation in his guest lecture series tomorrow, 9 Apr 10, 1400-1530, at AFIT’s Kenney Hall.  The guest speaker will be Dr. Adam Russell, program manager for the Tools for Recognizing Useful Signals of Trustworthiness (TRUST) program at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, College Park, MD.  His presentation, titled “Opening Descartes’ Blackbox: Some Hints About What Human Performance Research Can Tell Us About Useful and Not So Useful Distinctions Between the Physical and the Cognitive,” will look at some research on emerging science in human performance that is unsettling – quite nicely – the traditional categorical distinctions between the “physical” and the “cognitive” domains of performance.  He will focus on research on a few neuro-active hormones and neuropeptides.The seminar is open only to WPAFB personnel; it is not open to the general public. Kenney Hall is Room 2200 of Building 642 in the AFIT complex at 2950 Hobson Way.
  3. We want to review an article by Murray Shanahan on an engineering implementation of Global Workspace Theory – an approach that attempts to blend the two systems (intuition = System 1 = Libet and System 2 = qualia).  The article focuses on anticipation and planning (and use of affect/emotion) but in our discussions we want to extend the consideration to include perception and memory.  You can find the full article here, also if you would like a copy of our internally generated notes on the topic please email me and I will provide.
  4. If there is time, we came across another interesting article this week that we would like to review as a group as well.  The title of the article is ‘Designing Conscious Systems’, by Igor Aleksander.  Anyone interested in reading the article can visit the blog to download a copy, or email me.

Full Weekly Material doc with news stories link…

QUEST Discussion Topics and Weekly News Apr 9

Designing Conscious Systems by Igor Aleksander