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QUEST Discussion Topics and News, June 3 2011

QUEST Discussion Topics
June 3, 2011
1.) A Test for Consciousness – Article by Koch and Tononi – scientific American – Junel 2011, pg 44, – ‘how will we know when we’ve built a sentient computer?’ – proposes several image based test for challenges to current approaches to machine intelligence, focus on integrated information theory (we’ve reviewed before the work of Tononi). We started this discussion last week and we want to extend it this week to include some of the background on the philosophy of the IIT approach. Since our math cadre has taken a look at some of this material they might have a perspective on it.
2.) Damasio article on sys1 / sys2 formulation and gaming. – Deciding advantageously in a complex situation is thought to require overt reasoning on declarative knowledge, namely, on facts pertaining to premises, options for action, and outcomes of actions that embody the pertinent previous experience. An alternative possibility was investigated: that overt reasoning is preceded by a nonconscious biasing step that uses neural systems other than those that support declarative knowledge… suggest that, in normal individuals, nonconscious biases guide behavior before conscious knowledge does. Without the help of such biases, overt knowledge may be insufficient to ensure advantageous behavior.
3.) The Damasio discussion leads us back to review some of the material from our colleague Bob Patterson article on RDM and immersive environments – ignoring the immersive environments for now and concentrating on the multiple system architecture information provides a complementary view to the Damasio work – ROBUST DECISION MAKING REFERS TO THE ACT OF MAKING SUCCESSFUL DECISIONS UNDER conditions of high variability and high uncertainty (Ullman, 2006). In practice, robust decision making may also include the need for making rapid decisions under conditions of data overload, time pressure, high risk and high stakes, and ill defined or multiple goals

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QUEST Discussion Topics 6-3

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