Consciousness

Cerebral networks for conscious access and decision making

Originally published in March 2019 in an electronic journal in Japanese Introduction The purpose of this essay is to survey the relationship between decision making and large-scale cerebral networks with regard to conscious access, a purported neural correlate of consciousness, and to provide clues for computational modelling and general understanding… Read More »Cerebral networks for conscious access and decision making

How to build a General Intelligence: Circuits and Pathways

Figure 1: Our headline image is from the Cognitive Consilience: An atlas of key pathways cross-referenced to supporting literature articles. The complexity and variety of routing within the brain can be appreciated with this beautiful illustration. Note in particular the specialisation of cortical cells and the way this affects their… Read More »How to build a General Intelligence: Circuits and Pathways

Consciousness & “Free Will”: The Elephants in the Room

By David Rawlinson and Gideon Kowadlo The aim of this post is to take a short departure from more technical issues and deal with some of the philosophical questions about Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). The Elephant in the room This metaphor implies willful ignorance of something blindingly obvious. Something that’s difficult… Read More »Consciousness & “Free Will”: The Elephants in the Room

Consciousness and AI

I really enjoyed reading this article Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness? published recently in the Guardian. It’s an engaging re-exploration of the contemporary discourse on the classic mind-body dilemma. One view is that the ‘hard problem’ of consciousness is an illusion. There is no separation between… Read More »Consciousness and AI