18 novembre – Séminaire DIC-ISC-CRIA : Autonomous machines and consciousness

Par : Jiri Wiedermann

Résumé :
Autonomous machines, like robots and self-driving cars operate and co-operate in the real-world, coping with unpredictable external phenomena and error-prone technology. We model them as cyber-physical system controlled by universal processors implementing “minimal machine consciousness understanding.” The system operates with full awareness of the state of its components and its environment, enabling it to construct an up-to-date world model. Based on the current model and the cognitive state, a prediction of the future expected situation can be made, enabling the machine to determine what to do. We will present some details about the model, define and justify our machine versions of consciousness and understanding and describe their computational realization. We argue that minimal machine consciousness and understanding leads to more trustworthy, safer and more reliable systems, increasing their behavioral flexibility and autonomy in varying environments and strengthening their resilience to operation or cooperation failures.

References:
Wiedermann, J., van Leeuwen, J. (2019): Finite State Machines with Feedback: An Architecture Supporting Minimal Machine Consciousness. In: Manea F., et al., Eds. Computability in Europe: Computing with Foresight and Industry (CiE 2019), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 11558, Springer, 2019, pp.  286-297, https: //www.springerprofessional.de/en/finite-state-machines-with-feedback-an-architecture-supporting-m/16879858

Wiedermann, J., van Leeuwen, J. (2021) Towards minimally conscious finite-state controlled cyber-physical systems: A manifesto. In: T. Bureš et al. (Eds.), SOFSEM 2021: Theory and Practice of Computer Science, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol 12607, Springer-Verlag, pp. 43-5,5 https://www.cs.uu.nl/groups/AD/UU-PCS-2020-02.pdf

Wiedermann, J., van Leeuwen J. (2021) Autonomous vehicles that cooperate and understand: Intelligent algorithms under the hood. TR UU-PCS-2021-01, Center for Philosophy of Computer Science, Department of Information and Computing Sciences, Utrecht University, https://www.cs.uu.nl/groups/AD/UU-PCS-2021-01.pdf

van Leeuwen J., Wiedermann J. (2021): Impossibility Results for the Online Verification of Ethical and Legal Behaviour of Robots, TR UU-PCS-2021-02, Center for Philosophy of Computer Science, Dept. of Information and Computing Science, Utrecht University, Utrecht, 2021, https://www.cs.uu.nl/groups/AD/UU-PCS-2021-02.pdf



Bio :
Jiri Wiedermann belongs to the first generation of pioneers in computer science in former Czechoslovakia. In the recent years he focuses mainly on algorithms and models for AI inspired by modeling human higher-level abilities such as machine consciousness, understanding and other semantic properties of AI systems. Homepage: www.cs.cas.cz/~wieder.

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