I've just finished reading Daniel Dennett's weighty tome Consciousness Explained (1991). He uses almost 500 pages to explain and defend his 'Multiple Drafts Model' as an alternative to the widely assumed Cartesian Theatre model of conscious thought.
René Descartes was a 17th century philosopher who essentially postulated that … Continue Reading ››
The Victoria Gallery in Bath has recently acquired Grayson Perry's 'Map of Days'. I went to view it today, and found it at the top of the staircase - it would have … Continue Reading ››
Artificial intelligence is currently in the news. My PhD supervisor has even been on Newsnight. Yet it seems everyday people do not have any clear idea of what 'artificial intelligence' might be. I am fortunate to have been able to spend some time thinking about all this recently.
Firstly, lets try and nail down 'intelligence' a … Continue Reading ››
We've had some kinds of basic domestic robots available for some years, notably the iRobot Roomba that handily does your vacuuming (to a point anyway). However we are now starting to see devices (for that is what a robot is) with richer human interaction, and who's purpose is less utilitarian. … Continue Reading ››