"For anyone interested in Machine consciousness, this is an excellent resources as it covers virtually all open issues of this research field... It is actually amazing how the author manages to deal with lots of controversial and complicated issues with such a clarity and simplicity."
The Cognitive Approach to Conscious Machinesby Pentti O Haikonen
Could a machine have an immaterial mind? The author argues that true conscious machines can be built, but rejects artificial intelligence and classical neural networks in favour of the emulation of the cognitive processes of the brainthe flow of inner speech, inner imagery and emotions. This results in a non-numeric meaning-processing machine with distributed information representation and system reactions. It is argued that this machine would be conscious; it would be aware of its own existence and its mental content and perceive this as immaterial.Novel views on consciousness and the mind–body problem are presented. This book is a must for anyone interested in consciousness research and the latest ideas in the forthcoming technology of mind.
"A fascinating presentation of various issues relating to the emulation of consciousness by a machine and its capabilities. The problems that confound the issues have been so clearly and precisely presented that even a beginner student will have no difficulty in getting at the meanings. For the undergraduates it will be a comprehensibly readable text."
"Recommended for serious researchers in modelling consciousness."
"Well-written, approachable and relatively technical, laying down a comprehensive background before adding novel views on consciousness and the mind-body problem."
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Meet the Author
Dr Pentti Haikonen is an experienced contributor to the field of machine consciousness, conducting research on the topic for over 10 years. He is currently a Principal Scientist in cognitive technology at the Nokia Research Center, Helsinki, and has written the book "The Cognitive Approach to Conscious Machines" (Imprint Academic, 2003) and the book chapter "Artificial Minds and Conscious Machines" in "Visions of Mind: Architectures for Cognition and Affect" (Idea Group Inc., 2005). Haikonen is known for putting forward the theory that "the brain is definitely not a computer. Thinking is not an execution of programmed strings of commands. The brain is not a numerical calculator either. We do not think by numbers." Rather than trying to achieve mind and consciousness by identifying and implementing their underlying computational rules, Haikonen proposes "a special cognitive architecture to reproduce the processes of perception, inner imagery, inner speech, pain, pleasure, emotions, and the cognitive functions behind these." He has given lectures on machine cognition at the Helsinki University of Technology and has several patents and patent applications on cognitive and neural systems.
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