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21 Sept discussion between Kirk, Adam and Capt Amerika

21 Sept discussion between Kirk, Adam and Capt Amerika:
a. We’ve recently been attempting to capture where we fit by adding a confabulation layer to complement the Endsley model’s ‘projection’ layer – although the projection layer as presented by Dr. Endsley does confabulation – one approach is to combine what she calls projection with other functional needs we have (recollection = imagine what might have happened in the past versus recalling sensory data and what we call ‘perception = imagined present’ – not to be confused with the Endsley ‘perception level one’, imagine what might be happening now). The point being we’re interested in a set of processes that confabulates a representation (simulation) that allows the agent to ‘imagine’ what might be going on now = ‘perception’, what might happen next = imagination, or what might have happened in the past = ‘memory’. This view when blended with the ‘below the level of consciousness’ processing (implicit/ intuitive level) we hope will allow us to build far more capable agents that could respond to the unexpected query / environmental changes (that current schema/mental model approaches fail at). One purpose of this idea is to retrain the implicit response system. We’ve internally been using the phrase ‘situational consciousness’ versus ‘situational awareness’ to capture the distinction – SA is all about mutual information between reality and the internal representation where SC is more about generating a representation more useful for exploitation (stable, consistent and useful) versus matching to prior learned responses.

b. We have prior discussed properties of consciousness:

i. Various properties of human consciousness can be identified at the neural, behavioral, and phenomenal levels.

1. Neural correlates of human consciousness include the presence of thalamocortical signaling, fast, irregular, low-amplitude electroencephalographic (EEG) signals, and widespread cortical activity correlated with conscious contents.

2. At the Behavioral level consciousness has been associated with behavioral flexibility, rational action, and certain forms of conditioning. These can be related to cognitive properties involving widespread access and associativity, multiple discriminations, and the capacity for accurate reporting. These properties can be mapped to a variety of functions related to consciousness.

3. At the Phenomenal level, human consciousness involves the presence of a sensorimotor scene, the existence of a first-person perspective, the experience of emotions, moods, and a sense of agency.

c. Our SC process includes those properties of Consciousness not included in the current Endsley model for SA, for example the phenomenal properties. Also as stated in (a) above it also is focused on generating not just the information for projection but also for recollection and the imagined present. It does these in the context of using a multi-modal sensorimotor scene, the first-person perspective, emotion / affect, moods and a sense of agency / free-will. It is our position that these additional properties are critical to achieving the engineering performance necessary for a class of problems current solutions fail at.

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