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QUEST Discussion Topics and News, September 7th 2012

QUEST Discussion Topics
Sept 7, 2012

We will start this week reviewing where we left off last week – the Cambridge Declaration of Consciousness. Among the statements we would like to discuss:
In humans, there is evidence to suggest that awareness is correlated with cortical activity, which does not exclude possible contributions by subcortical or early cortical processing, as in visual awareness. Evidence that human and nonhuman animal emotional feelings arise from homologous subcortical brain networks provide compelling evidence for evolutionarily shared primal affective qualia.
We declare the following: “The absence of a neocortex does not appear to preclude an organism from experiencing affective states. Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors. Consequently, the weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Nonhuman animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, also possess these neurological substrates.”

Next we would like to return to the discussion on computational theory of perception – computing with qualia and pre-qualia. What do we want to accomplish by this form of computation? What sort of problems do we envision solving that currently are problematic? Kirk and I had a related discussion last week and I realized we had not finished this discussion.

The last topic we have on our agenda for this week is to continue our literature review on our CHLOE proposal axes. Specifically we want to return soon to the issues in making automation a team player and to do that we will use the formalism of the Klein article on that topic. We specifically want to ask the question what in our QUEST formalism addresses the challenges he lists.

QUEST Discussion Topics Sept 7

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