The Cognitive Approach to Conscious Machines
Pentti O. Haikonen
Principal Scientist, Cognitive Technology, Nokia Research
March 2003, 300 pp., ISBN 0907845428 (pbk.), $29.90 / £17.95
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"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." Metapsychology
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 brain—the 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.