Rajeev Motwani Distinguished Lecture Series: Can a Machine be Conscious? Towards a Computational Model of Consciousness, Manuel Blum

Rajeev Motwani Distinguished Lecture<br><br>Title: C<span face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif">an a Machine be Conscious? Towards a Computational Model of Consciousness</span><br>Speaker: Manuel Blum<br>Date: November 16, 2017<br>Time: 4:15pm<br>Location: Huang Mackenzie Center, Room 300<br><br>Abstract: <br><span face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif">Thanks to major advances in neuroscience, we are on the brink of a scientific understanding of how the brain achieves consciousness. This talk will describe neuroscientist Bernard Baars's Global Workspace Model (GWM) of the brain and propose a formal Turing-Machine-like computational model inspired by it for understanding consciousness. One of several consequences of this Model is the possibility of free will in a completely deterministic world. Another deals with the possibility of building machines that are conscious.</span> <br>

Date: 
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm
location: 
Huang Mackenzie Center, Room 300