ON THE DESIGN OF CONSCIOUS AUTOMATA.
DECISION SCIENCE INC SAN DIEGO CALIF
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The report reveals that although the problem of discovering a mechanism for consciousness has long been of interest it remains unresolved in view of inadequate means for representing the logic of self-referential systems which interact with their own environment. A series of experiments were conducted wherein evolutionary programming was used to generate successive models of a time variant entity under various conditions of open and closed environment. It was shown that the use of a many-valued logic made it possible to resolve the problem of conflicting goals at different levels, these being confounded by the closed environment. This logic is considered with respect to the suggestions of Gunther and other philosophers. A proposed mechanism for consciousness is indicated. Aspects of natural evolution are clarified as these might lead to means for simulating such consciousness. The importance of this problem area is stressed in the light of modern technological problems. Author