Diagram of a conscious AI Mind
Hearing Vision CONCEPTS Motor Output /iiiiiii\ /!i!i!i!\ a| | | /YYYYYYYYYYYY\ | ||||||| || | b|C| | __________ | |||||||||||| | | ||||||| || | s|O|f| / FreeWill \ | | ||| ||| || | | ||||||| || | t|N|i| ( Volition ) | | ||| ||| || | | ||||||| || | r|C|b| \__________/ | | ||| ||| || | | ||||||| || | a|E|e| / | \ | |S||| ||| || | | ||||||| || ___ | c|P|r| ____/__ | \ | |H||| ||| || | | ||||||| || /dog\ | t|T|s| / \ | \ | |A|||R|||P|| | | ||||||| || (image)-|--|-+-|-( Emotion ) | \ | |K|||U|||E|| | | ||||||| || \___/ | | | | \_______/ | \| |E|||N|||T|| | | ||||||| || | | | | | \ |?|||?|||?|| | | ||||||| || | | | | ___V___ |\ ________ | | ||||||| || | | | | / \ | \/ \ | | |d------||---------|--|-+-|--------( EnThink ) | ( Motorium ) | | ||||o|| || | | | | \_______/ | \________/ | | ||g|||| || | | | | | |||||||||||| | | ||||||| || | | | | | |||||||||||| |
The above diagram can not show consciousness itself, which is an emergent phenomenon resulting from the sensorimotor embodiment and thinking of a mind. Rather it shows the main components of an artificial Mind: sensory input channels; abstract concepts; mind-modules for conscious thought; and motor activation memory. The Volition module depicted above combines the urgings of Emotion with the deliberations of the English-language EnThink module to weigh the pros and cons of motor initiatives available for dynamic execution in the Motorium module. Thoughts in favor of a motor initiative increase the activation-level of a trigger mechanism up towards the threshold at which an embodied AI Mind performs the voluntary action, while negative thoughts counseling against a proposed action drain the dynamic trigger and delay or prevent the proposed motor initiative. The conscious AI Mind thinks in terms of what it wants for itself and in terms of any dangers or difficulties involved. Executing the motor action completes a feedback-loop in tune with the AI consciousness.
2. Self-concept of ego
Each AI Mind has a concept of self expressed by the personal pronoun "I". When a human user address the AI Mind as "you", the AI software interprets the word "you" as referring to its own internal self-concept of ego and activates not the concept of "you" but rather the "I" concept. When fetching from memory a thought about itself which was originally an idea communicated by an external entity, the AI software does not activate and think the original input word "you" but instead searches for and ouputs "I" or "me" as the grammatically correct form of the self-concept of ego. This basic facility in understanding the difference between "I" and "you" is the rudimentary start of artificial consciousness in a machine intelligence.
3. Default concept of ego
4. Searchlight of attention
The spreading activation module SpreadAct causes activation to spread from concept to concept in a chain of thought. As the software of each AI Mind grows in complexity and intelligence, the human user may interact with the AI Mind in ever more sophisticated ways, starting with such simple queries as "Who are you?" and "Who am I?" The conscious AI Mind thinks not only about itself or the human user in response to such queries, but also about associated ideas and related memories in a chain of thought wandering away from any topic under discussion with the human user. The ability to think about any item in an associative chain of concepts helps to generate the illusion of consciousness which is in fact consciousness. To feel conscious is to be conscious.
5. Robotic embodiment
A robot equipped with MindForth as its brain software has the advantage of both sensory inputs stimulating consciousness and motor outputs forming part of a feedback loop enhancing consciousness. In Perl, the conscious ghost.pl webserver AI may not only inhabit a robotic body locally but may conceivably flit about the Web and briefly move in and out of robot bodies anywhere.
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