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Computational Consciousness: Building a Self-Preserving Organism

  • Allan Kardec Barros
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 657)

Abstract

Consciousness has been a subject of crescent interest among the neuroscience community. However, building machine models of it is quite challenging, as it involves many characteristics and properties of the human brain which are poorly defined or are very abstract. Here I propose to use information theory (IT) to give a mathematical framework to understand consciousness. For this reason, I used the term “computational”. This work is grounded on some recent results on the use of IT to understand how the cortex codes information, where redundancy reduction plays a fundamental role. Basically, I propose a system, here called “organism”, whose strategy is to extract the maximal amount of information from the environment in order to survive. To highlight the proposed framework, I show a simple organism composed of a single neuron which adapts itself to the outside dynamics by taking into account its internal state, whose perception is understood here to be related to “feelings”.

Keywords

Cost Function Receptive Field Internal State Primary Visual Cortex Sparse Code 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Federal University of MaranhãoMaranhãoBrazil

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