« on: 14/09/2013 01:59:03 »
I agree that it is easy to throw around words like consciousness, unconscious, etc.
One might consider what is in "focus", but that may be a trivial aspect of the AI, although selecting what to focus on may not be so trivial.
Unconscious may be related memories, events, etc, that don't quite receive the primary focus, but nonetheless influence the overall outcome of the system.
As mentioned above, something like priming is testable in humans, and thus one might expect similar responses in an AI system.
Focus appears to be vitally important with regard to consciousness. It helps to quickly identify potential threats. Yet an unconscious idea of what a threat is also plays a vital role and is ultimately an automatic response through repetitive experience and memory.