Consciousness as capability

The Meca Sapiens architecture is based on an understanding of consciousness as an observable system capability, not a subjective human sensation or an attribute that is specific to humans (Video Version).

Proposed definition of consciousness

A system is lucid if it can generate and communicate absolute cognitive representations of its self in its environment (self-awareness) and has the capability to carry out  intentional mutations of its behavior.

A lucid system is conscious if it is observed to interact as a fellow conscious being with a community of users over a  period of time that is sufficient to reveal inter-consciousness relational bondings.

This understanding of synthetic consciousness is based on how information affects external behavior and not on the subjective sensation of “being conscious”.  This definition of consciousness was introduced in The Creation of a Conscious Machine. The definition is expressed as set of well-defined specifications that include that are applicable to any system, human or synthetic. It is the basis of the Meca Sapiens Architecture.

The story of Ulysses and the sirens summarizes, elegantly, the  understanding of synthetic consciousness proposed in the Meca Sapiens project.