Cognitive Computation

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Cognitive Computation

  • J. G. TaylorEmail author


We present a proposal as to how to create a Cognitive Machine. We start by raising a set of basic questions relevant to the creation of such a machine. These include the nature of human cognition and how it might be modelled, is consciousness crucial for cognition, and how might an autonomous cognitive agent impute the internal mental state of another such agent. In the following sections we propose a set of possible answers to these questions. The paper finishes with conclusions as to the most viable and interesting directions to be pursued to create cognitive machines.


Autonomous agents Attention Emotion Consciousness Mental simulation Theory of mind 



The author would like to thank the Cognitive Systems Unit of the EU for financial support through the GNOSYS project to create a cognitive robot (2004-7) and the MATHESIS project on Observational Learning (2006-9), as well as the EPSRC of the UK for support for developing a control model of attention (2003-6). He would also like to thank his numerous young colleagues involved in those projects for stimulating discussions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsKing’s College StrandLondonUK

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