CSE Neuroengineer Tackles Consciousness, Neuromorphic Engineering and Machine Learning

Computer scientists are not often invited to present their research at The Science of Consciousness annual conference, but University of California San Diego development engineer Stephen Deiss did just that. He spoke to the meeting in Tucson, AZ, in late April on the subject of “Romancing the Oxymoron: The ‘Hardware Problem’ of Machine Consciousness.” “I presented my view that our preconceptions – about causality and mechanisms – bias us against accepting the possibility that machines can be conscious,” said Deiss (at left), who earned his M.S. in computer science at Purdue University. “It leaves us believing that there is something spooky and unnatural about our own awareness, but I argue that consciousness is fundamental and scale-free in nature.” Supported by CSE since 2013, Deiss first worked with the Non-Volatile Systems…


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