ANS52(3-4)134-140 - ACTIVITAS NERVOSA SUPERIOR Activitas...

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Activitas Nervosa Superior 2010; 52 :3-4,134-140 134 C ONSCIOUSNESS : A C OMPUTATIONAL P ARADIGM U PDATE Douglas J. Matzke * Dallas, Texas, USA Received July 7, 2010; accepted July 18, 2010 Abstract This dualist model of mind-body addresses the formal and physical limits to computation that critics of artificial intelli- gence argue are the reason computers will never produce really intelligent machines. This model describes potential ideal computational leverage mechanisms that are based upon primitive properties of the universe (such as space, time, and number of dimensions) derived from modern physics consistency arguments. An intuitive model of computational costs is introduced to create a framework for discussing how unlimited computation could be derived from space, time, and observer requirements. This cost model suggests that an ideal solution for unlimited intelligence would require a sparse, high dimensional spacetime (unrestricted locality) and a formalized observer mechanism (mobile observer framework based on a superset of inertial frame properties). This solution simultaneously addresses the semantical issue of unre- stricted locality by maintaining a space/time metric but by going beyond the non-locality constraints of 4D physical im- plementation layers. Such a computational model would strongly support a dualist model of the consciousness, where the mind has properties distinct from the brain/body. This solution would differentiate why naturally occurring "real intelli- gence" computation systems exhibit consciousness and why current artificial intelligence solutions are not really intelli- gent nor do they exhibit consciousness. This original paper and model are still valid today and this paper includes updates due to new results developed since the original model. Key words: Consciousness; Computation; Observer; Quantum Physics; Relativity Theory INTRODUCTION TO CONSCIOUSNESS AS COMPUTATION Is the brain a fantastic computer we have yet to decipher or does some mysterious non-physical property called the "mind" evolve with and control this biological ro- bot? Dualists have stated there are two distinct types of substance: mental and physical. Alternatively, material- ists conclude from neurological research, that the brain and the mind are one and the same. All but a handful of scientists believe that the "dualist" approach has been outmoded for decades (Killheffer, 1993). Either ap- proach to the mind-body (or mind-brain) problem must be built on a computational theory, since man's intelli- gence is as much a mystery as his consciousness. Purely mechanistic computational approaches do not add much insight into the mystery of consciousness (Maudlin, 1989). My assumption is that a good computational model for intelligence must precede and therefore sup- port any theory of consciousness. If a correct computa- tional strategy could be developed to support the kind of "real intelligence" demonstrated by mankind, then it may also shed light onto consciousness. This paper presents a rationale, important properties,
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