#21 – Understanding Consciousness with Dr. Matt McCormick

In Algo Podcast Episode 21, Dr. Matt McCormick and Amjad Hussain discuss Consciousness.

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0:00 Episode Preview
0:31 Introduction
2:58 Matt’s Background
5:04 Minimal Requirements For a Mind
6:46 Awareness Theory of Mind
9:32 Self Awareness
11:47 Meta-cognition
12:04 Encountering Alien Machines
13:07 Subjective Experiences
16:40 Hard Problem of Consciousness
19:24 Rudimentary Intuition
23:44 Matter giving rise to subjective experiences
25:33 Alleged Mysteries
27:27 Myth: Consciousness cannot be understood
29:06 Wide Range of Consciousness Views
30:05 Do electrons feel consciousness?
36:34 Philosophy & Religion
41:08 Qualitative states in artificial systems
50:28 Pain & Consciousness
55:14 Consciousness at neural level
57:03 C0 Consciousness
1:01:49 C1 Consciousness
1:03:41 C2 Consciousness
1:04:43 Attention is selective signal enhancement
1:05:50 Building AI agents without attention
1:08:37 Short term memory buffer & tracking of time
1:10:46 Attention & Resource Allocation
1:15:20 AI Systems, Supply Chains & Metaverse
1:23:21 Disrupting subjectivity
1:26:21 Machine Learning & Rule Based Logic
1:31:36 Skepticism of machines having minds
1:33:58 Cell Biology
1:36:01 Superficial Smart Cars
1:40:09 Theory of Mind missing from AI systems
1:43:02 Book Recommendations
1:43:58 Closing Thoughts & Next Episode

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portrait of Amjad Hussain, one of the author for Algo podcast and the CEO of Algo


Combining human centered AI with deep domain expertise, Algo’s analytics enriched supply chain intelligence platform helps suppliers and retailers plan, collaborate, simulate and execute a more efficient supply chain.

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