Bruce Nelson Professor of Computer Science and University Professor
Computer Science Department
Carnegie Mellon University
SCS Distinguished Lectures
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 Model gives insight for the design of machines that truly experience (as opposed to simulate) the ecstasy of joy and the agony of pain. It also gives a reasonable explanation of free will in a completely deterministic world. Fittingly, this architecture has deep roots in the origins of AI at CMU by Newell, Simon, and Anderson.