Towards a Conscious AI: A Computer Architecture Inspired by Cognitive Neuroscience
Thanks to major advances in neuroscience, we are on the brink of a scientific understanding of how the brain achieves consciousness. This talk will describe cognitive neuroscientist Bernard Baars' Global Workspace Model (GWM) of the brain, its implications for understanding consciousness, and a formal computer architecture that it inspires. The elder Blums were ecstatic to learn that the younger Blum’s “sleeping experts” algorithm was just what was needed to decide which unconscious processors get onto the conscious stage. The Model gives insight for the design of machines that truly experience (as opposed to simulate) feelings such as joy and pain.