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    Consciousness is Data Compression


    Maguire, Phil and Maguire, Rebecca (2010) Consciousness is Data Compression. Working Paper. UNSPECIFIED.

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    Abstract

    In this article we advance the conjecture that conscious awareness is equivalent to data compression. Algorithmic information theory supports the assertion that all forms of understanding are contingent on compression (Chaitin, 2007). Here, we argue that the experience people refer to as consciousness is the particular form of understanding that the brain provides. We therefore propose that the degree of consciousness of a system can be measured in terms of the amount of data compression it carries out.

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Keywords: Information theory; data compression; Solomonoff induction; phenomenal experience; Turing test;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 10622
    Depositing User: Phil Maguire
    Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2019 16:43
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