(The journal is free!) The test itself is not easy or cheap - but it is possible AND you can perform it on humans as well as AI. To deny that the test is valid involves a denial that scientists have P-consciousness, whilst being totally demanding of it and dependent on it for all science outcomes.
Hales, C. (2009), 'An empirical framework for objective testing for P-consciousness in an artificial agent', The Open Artificial Intelligence Journal, 3, pp. 1-15. http://www.bentham.org/open/toaij/ *Abstract:* Two related and relatively obscure issues in science have eluded empirical tractability. Both can be directly traced to progress in artificial intelligence. The first is scientific proof of consciousness or otherwise in anything. The second is the role of consciousness in intelligent behaviour. This document approaches both issues by exploring the idea of using scientific behaviour self-referentially as a benchmark in an objective test for P-consciousness, which is the relevant critical aspect of consciousness. Scientific behaviour is unique in being both highly formalised and provably critically dependent on the P-consciousness of the primary senses. In the context of the primary senses P-consciousness is literally a formal identity with scientific observation. As such it is intrinsically afforded a status of critical dependency demonstrably no different to any other critical dependency in science, making scientific behaviour ideally suited to a self-referential scientific circumstance. The 'provability' derives from the delivery by science of objectively verifiable 'laws of nature'. By exploiting the critical dependency, an empirical framework is constructed as a refined and specialised version of existing propositions for a 'test for consciousness'. The specific role of P-consciousness is clarified: it is a human intracranial central nervous system construct that symbolically grounds the scientist in the distal external world, resulting in our ability to recognise, characterise and adapt to distal natural world novelty. It is hoped that in opening a discussion of a novel approach, the artificial intelligence community may eventually find a viable contender for its long overdue scientific basis. cheers colin hales --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to everything-l...@googlegroups.com To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---