SomePrinciples For Conscious Robots

Berhard Mitterauer

Institute of Forensis Neuropsychiatry, University of Salzburg, Ignaz-Harrer Strasse 79, Austria, mailto:


 I suggest some principles upon which the construction of a robot capable of consciousness could be based.  Starting from a simple concept of reflection in the sense of feedback mechanisms, further principles are added, since feedback mechanisms alone cannot generate consciousness.  The robot brain should have a material composition allowing for specific functions to be executed (the architectonic principle).  Out of this diversity of material structures, compounds are generated according to the lock-key principle of complementarity.  The robot should also possess intentional programs which set spatio-temporal limits and the ability to self-organize (the principle of spatio-temporal boundary-setting and the principle of self-organization).  My hypothesis is that the glial networks have a spatio-temporal boundary-setting function with the neuronal networks.  If the robot were aware of the decay of it material parts, then it could realize its intentions in the environment under deadline pressure.  This principle of the spatio-temporal limitation of material features could trigger emotions.  Other possible sources of emotions are discussed as well.  This ability to express emotions can be thought of as evidence that the robot is in a counscious state.


Robot, principles for consciousness, glial-neuronal interaction, emotion

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