Conscious enactive computation

Daniel Estrada

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This paper looks at recent debates in the enactivist literature on computation and consciousness in order to assess conceptual obstacles to building artificial conscious agents. We consider a proposal from Villalobos and Dewhurst (2018) for enactive computation on the basis of organizational closure. We attempt to improve the argument by reflecting on the closed paths through state space taken by finite state automata. This motivates a defense against Clark's recent criticisms of "extended consciousness", and perhaps a new perspective on living with machines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
StatePublished - 2018
Event2019 Papers of the Towards Conscious AI Systems Symposium, TOCAIS 2019 - Stanford, United States
Duration: Mar 25 2019Mar 27 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computation
  • Consciousness
  • Enactivism
  • Finite state automata
  • Predictive coding
  • State space
  • Turing machine


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