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Studying Artificial 'consciousness' Could Pave the Way For Artificial Intelligence

Artist's representation of Artificial Intelligence.

Researchers are working to assess whether computers or robots are capable of consciousness.

Credit: Monash University

Researchers from Japan and Australia are collaborating to assess whether robots or computers are capable of consciousness.

The academic and industrial partners will use a five-year, $3.4-million Japan Science and Technology Core Research for Evolutionary Science and Technology grant to construct artificial intelligence (AI) based on the integrated information theory.

"Our research will initially focus on the quality and quantity of the consciousness of a biological system and evaluate how information is processed and integrated within that system," says Monash University professor Nao Tsuchiya.

The team of neuroscience, engineering, and AI experts will examine how the brain integrates information in various states of consciousness, and parallel projects will attempt to develop artificial networks with high information integration. For the final stage of the research, the team will examine how a robot with high information integration behaves autonomously and flexibly.

Artificial consciousness could have applications in the industry and healthcare sectors.

From Monash University
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