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Consciousness, Agents and the Knowledge Game

Floridi, Luciano (2005) Consciousness, Agents and the Knowledge Game. [Preprint]


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This paper has three goals. The first is to introduce the “knowledge game”, a new, simple and yet powerful tool for analysing some intriguing philosophical questions. The second is to apply the knowledge game as an informative test to discriminate between conscious (human) and conscious-less agents (zombies and robots), depending on which version of the game they can win. And the third is to use a version of the knowledge game to provide an answer to Dretske’s question “how do you know you are not a zombie?”.

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Item Type: Preprint
Floridi, Luciano
Additional Information: forthcoming in Minds and Machines
Keywords: Artificial agents, consciousness, inferentialism, knowledge game, “muddy children” theorem, “the three wise men” theorem, zombies.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
Depositing User: Luciano Floridi
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2005
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:13
Item ID: 2546

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