Integrated Information Theory (IIT)

Delving into the more psychological- what is consciousness? Sure, we can understand that perhaps emotions are linked to neurotransmitter signals that arise from external events, but what makes these feelings different for each individual person? Does my computer have a consciousness? Integrated information theory (IIT) postulates that potentially all matter creates consciousness- an idea coined as panpsychism. A system is conscious if it contains “phi”, which is a measure of the interdependence of different components, and if a “conceptual structure” exists- which is the most irreducible form of an experience. Long story short- this correlation to IIT is being worked on right now to perhaps use computer models to predict a system’s phi levels and characterize its consciousness… remarkable!

Can IIT Explain Consciousness?


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