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Name: Christophe Menant
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I'm an electronics engineer interested by the possibility of conscious robots. For sure, still a long way to go. As Steven Rainwater has noted (his Sept 18th post), I tackle the nature of consciousness by an evolutionist bottom up approach from basic life to prehumans, and from prehumans to humans. In parallel, I look at the relations between information and meaning with a pragmatic approach. Purpose is to try to clear the notion of meaning generation for animals, humans and robots (see my FIS 2005 presentation). And I would like to join your discussions group. Christophe

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Turing Test, Chinese Room Argument, Symbol Grounding Problem. Meanings in Artificial Agents.
Turing Test (TT), Chinese Room Argument (CRA) & Symbol Grounding Problem (SGP) are basic tools for investigating the possibilities for artificial agents (AAs) to behave as humans.
An analysis of these three tools has been proposed under the banner of “meaning generation” (AISB/IACAP 2012 presentation). It is shown that the capability for an AA to generate human like meanings can be a reading of TT, CRA & SGP (1). We use the Meaning Generator System (MGS) that can be used for any agent submitted to a constraint (2). The concerns are that animal and human constraints are not today transferrable to AAs. An entry point is proposed by extending a “stay alive” constraint to AAs.
Ethical concerns are highlighted. Continuations are proposed.
Paper is available at and in proceedings at
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IACAP 2011 presentation on cognition as management of meanings:
Cognition is proposed as a management of meanings for agents that have constraints to satisfy (stay alive, look for happiness, avoid obstacles, …).
(IACAP 2011 presentation
The systemic approach to meaning generation for agents is used in an evolutionary perspective to cognition where robots are agents with derived constraints, meanings and intentionality.
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Systemic approach to meaningful representations.
An existing systemic approach to meaning generation (usable for animals, humans and robots) has recently been extended to the notion of meaningful representation.
The starting point is a system submitted to a constraint (stay alive, avoid obstacle, ..) that receives information from its environment and compares it with its constraint.
The generated meaning is the connection existing between the received information and the constraint. It triggers an action aimed at satisfying the constraint (avoid predator, turn right/left, ..).
A Meaning Generator System (MGS) has been introduced. It can be used for any agent submitted to constraints.
The notion of meaningful representation of an entity for an agent is defined as being the networks of meanings related to the entity, with the action scenarios.
See book chapter and IACAP 2011 proposed abstract
Such meaningful representations are used in the approach on artificial consciousness based on self-consciousness ( t/article/2244.html).
More is to come on this.
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