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PLENARY 4  Machine Consciousness


Ben Goertzel  

Moving Bubbles of Attention:
A Mechanism Enabling the Emergence of Self and Focused Consciousness
in Embodied Artificial General Intelligences


                                                                                        Ben Goertzel   


Ben Goertzel is CEO of AI software company Novamente LLC and bioinformatics company Biomind LLC, leader of the open-source OpenCog AI software project, Director of Applied Research of the Singularity Institute for AI, and Chairman of Humanity+ (a futurist organization). He also carries out academic research into artificial general intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive science, data mining and other areas, resulting in the publication of nearly 80 papers and ten scientific books -- including "The Hidden Pattern" and"Mind in Time" which deal partly with issues of consciousness. Before entering the software industry he served as a university faculty in several departments of mathematics, computer science and cognitive science, in the US, Australia and New Zealand, and is currently an adjunct professor at Xiamen University in China, where he helps manage the "Artificial Brain Lab" focused on the quest to build conscious robots.