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On Consciousness in Artificial and Non-Biological Systems

Abstract The problems addressed by the philosophy of mind arise anew when we consider the possibility of consciousness in artificial and non-biological systems. In this thesis I adapt traditional theories of mind and theories meaning in natural language to the new problems posed by these non-human systems, attempting answers to the questions: Can a given system think? Can a given system have subjective experiences? Can a given system have intentionality? Together these capture most of the typical features of consciousness discussed in the literature. Hence, answers to these questions have the potential to form a basis for a robust and practical future theory of consciousness in non-human systems, and I argue that the broad classes of functionalist a... (more)
Created Date 2017-05
Contributor Woodard, Dalton Miles (Author) / Watson, Jeffrey (Thesis Director) / Blackson, Thomas (Committee Member) / School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences / School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies / Barrett, The Honors College
Subject Philosophy / Philosophy of Mind / Artificial Intelligence
Series Academic Year 2016-2017
Type Text
Extent 67 pages
Language English
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Collaborating Institutions Barrett, the Honors College
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