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QUEST Discussion Topics and News Dec 7th

QUEST Discussion Topics and News Dec 7th

QUEST Discussion Topics and News
7 Dec 2012:

We have 4 topics that have dominated our interactions this week to talk about:

1.) We want to discuss ideas of an experiment that can distinguish between what an analyst is ‘conscious’ of in a data set versus what they gazed at while looking at the data.

The application requires the human to call out stuff (like we are doing in dgs) and assume we have access to speech processing entry into the products generated and we have the means to determine the gaze pattern (gaze does NOT equal conscious attention) of the analyst while reviewing the image/video data – just because they don’t call it out doesn’t mean they are not conscious of it – but if they never even gazed in the direction of a given stimuli AND they didn’t call it out we can conclude they were NOT conscious of it – thus the point – a tool (like an object recognition system) that has this information (the information about what the human analyst was directed to attend to AND information about what we can deduce they were conscious of and not conscious of) and can thus change its ‘weighting’ of potential areas of concern could be a better partnering agent.

2.) The second topic is similarly a discussion of an experiment / research concentration for our AFRL researcher hostage exchange with Google. To have this discussion I want to bring up at least in a cursory manner a think piece we’ve been developing on ‘Google becoming Conscious’. This is a derivative of the interview with Koch on the internet becoming conscious. The idea of the think piece is that the infrastructure Google has created in its file system has many of the characteristics we’ve been defining as the engineering characteristics of the sys2 processing that culminates in the Qualia representation. The idea of this discussion is to help refine ideas that our researchers can pursue when provided access to the infrastructure of Google and investigate whether the addition of the ‘situationally conscious’ layer on top of the current reflexive sys1 Google infrastructure can provide some engineering advantage for task in large data processing.

3.) The next topic is an article 2003 by Crick and Koch on a Framework for Consciousness – the framework is focused on visual consciousness but is quite general.

4.) The last topic is also a framework article: The Function of Phenomenal States: Supramodular Interaction Theory by Ezequiel Morsella of Yale University, the article was provided to us by our colleague Robert Patterson. Discovering the function of phenomenal states remains a formidable scientific challenge… integrate diverse kinds of information to yield adaptive action. Supramodular interaction theoryproposes that phenomenal states play an essential role in permitting interactions amongsupramodular response systems… Without phenomenal states, these systems would be encapsulated and incapable of collectively influencing skeletomotor action

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