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Perhaps the closest a software bot has come so far is IDA, the Intelligent Distribution Agent built in 2003 by Stan Franklin at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. IDA assigns sailors in the US navy to new jobs when they finish a tour of duty and has to juggle naval policies, job requirements, changing costs and sailors' needs.Interesting journal article. (Lousy graphics, though :-)
Like people, IDA has "conscious" and "unconscious" levels of processing. At the unconscious level she deploys software agents to gather data and process information. These agents compete to enter IDA's "conscious" workspace, where they interact with each other and decisions get made. The updated Learning IDA, or LIDA, was completed this year. She learns from what reaches her consciousness and uses this to guide future decisions. LIDA also has the benefit of "emotions" - high-level goals that guide her decision-making.
Here is a great article about the "Global Workspace" theory of consciousness:
Firing on all neurons: Where consciousness comes from
Oddly, they claim that while there may not be a "grandmother neuron" there may actually be a "Jennifer Anisten" neuron.? I hadn't heard of that before:
"Rodrigo Quiroga at the University of Leicester, UK, may be famous for identifying the individual neurons that fire in response to the actress Jennifer Aniston..."
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