Frontiers in Robotics and AI 2 (26):1-2 (2015)

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Consciousness, with its irreducible subjective character, was almost exclusively a philosophical topic until relatively recently. Today, however, the problem of explaining the felt quality of experience has also become relevant to science and engineering, including robotics and AI: “What would we have to build into a robot so that it really felt the touch of a finger, the redness of red, or the hurt of a pain?”(O’Regan, 2014, p. 23). Yet a practical response still requires an adequate theory of consciousness,which brings us back to the hard problem: how can we account, from a scientific point of view, for thephenomenological character of experience? Over a decade ago,O’Regan and Noë (2001)proposeda new approach to these questions, the so-called sensorimotor approach to perceptual experience.How far has this approach come and what are its outstanding challenges? The volumeContemporarySensorimotor Theory, edited by Bishop and Martin, takes stock of the current state of the field.
Keywords enactive  consciousness  cognitive robotics  perception-action coupling  hard problem of consciousness  perceptual consciousness  sensorimotor approach to perception  cognitive science
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