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Can computers feel?

Bishop, Mark (J. M.). 2004. Can computers feel? AISB Quarterly, 119, p. 6. ISSN 0268-4179 [Article]

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In Science and Science Fiction the hope is periodically reignited that a computer system will one day be conscious in virtue of its execution of an appropriate program; indeed the EPSRC recently awarded an ‘Adventure Fund’ grant of £493,000 to a team of ‘Roboteers’ and Psychologists at Essex and Bristol, led by Owen Holland, with a goal of instantiating machine consciousness through appropriate computational ‘internal modelling’. In contrast, below I outline a brief reductio style argument based on [1] that either suggests such optimism is misplaced or that Panpsychism, (the belief that ‘the physical universe is composed of elements each of which is conscious’), is true.

Item Type: Article
Departments, Centres and Research Units: Computing
Item ID: 15130
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2015 11:15
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2016 13:26
URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/15130
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