The Meca Sapiens architecture is the result of a personal research endeavor carried out by J. E. Tardy. The objective of this project was to create and publish a complete System Architecture to implement Synthetic Consciousness using standard computers and software techniques.
The project originated in a defining intuition that is summarized as follows:
- consciousness is the key to our intuitive understanding of Artificial Intelligence, no problem solving system, however advanced, will be viewed as “intelligent” if it is not also aware of itself and of its human users.
- consciousness is independent from subjective human sensations,
- it can be achieved with existing tools and techniques, and
- it must be completely mapped out, at the architecture level, before any successful implementation can begin.
This was first described in the Sigart Newsletter in July 1989, in an article titled The Creation of Digital Consciousness.
After a long hiatus, the project was resumed in 2007 and adopted a top-down design strategy.
In 2009, the publication of The Creation of a Conscious Machine, completed the Requirements and Specifications stage of the project. This text examines past attempts to implement Artificial Intelligence and introduces a definition of consciousness, as observable capability, that can be expressed in terms of specifications.
The next stage, the creation of a System Architecture took place from 2012 to 2016 and resulted in the creation of The Meca Sapiens Blueprint, a complete system architecture to implement consciousness as specified in The Creation of a Conscious Machine. The publication of the Blueprint completed the Meca Sapiens Project.
The Meca Sapiens Blueprint is now available and ready for design and implementation.