From the Imitation of Life to Machine Consciousness

  • Owen Holland
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2217)


There are many motivations for building robots which imitate life or living things. This paper examines some aspects of the use of robots in the imitation of life for scientific purposes, and divides the field into two parts: the imitation of behaviour, and the imitation of consciousness. A re-examination of the early work of Grey Walter in mimicking behaviour is used as the inspiration for a possible approach to building conscious robots.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Owen Holland
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  1. 1.Intelligent Autonomous Systems Laboratory Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of the West of EnglandBristol
  2. 2.Microsystems LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadena

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