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Weekly QuEST Discussion Topics and News, 31 Oct

This week’s discussion will center upon Capt Amerika’s keynote NSSDF talk.  Please see below for title and abstract

Situational Consciousness versus Situational

Awareness – A Requirement for Autonomy?

ABSTRACT

What is autonomy?  How is it different than automation? What is unique to critters, that facilitates their autonomy that we’ve not yet been able to engineer in machine based systems?  Is it that our machine based solutions do not have all the information that they need to be autonomous?  Is it that our machine solutions don’t understand the meaning of the data/information they are being provided? Is it that our machine solutions can’t project what the data/information is suggesting is going to be occurring in the environment next, projection into the future?  These are the levels of situational awareness.  So is it that our machines don’t have enough situational awareness?  This paper proposes that maximizing situational awareness will NOT lead to autonomous solutions.  Situational awareness requires a valid model be available to account for any stimuli and all  relevant stimuli required for the appropriate model be available.  This paper suggest it is consciousness or at least some engineering approximation to consciousness, situational consciousness, is required for autonomy.

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