Towards Artificial Emotion

  • Geoff L. Simons


Most people assume that computers cannot experience emotion, but the question is rarely examined in any detail. Even the artificial intelligence (AI) fraternity have scarcely begun a systematic exploration of how emotion could be structured into machines. The bulk of AI activity is concerned with the more obviously cognitive elements in machine intelligence: such activities as perception, problem-solving, decision-making, learning and game-playing. Yet many broad definitions of intelligence pay attention to such aspects as feelings, attitudes and emotions. Moreover, we have already seen that motivation— strongly linked to emotional drives—is highly important to such autonomous action as decision making. What may appear to be a quantitatively-based choice mechanism may well depend upon a value system that implies an emotional dimension. The structuring of machine emotion will come to be recognised as a necessary element in AI research.


Aesthetic Experience Emotional Awareness Brain Circuit Cognitive Element Artificial Intelligence Research 


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© G. L. Simons 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoff L. Simons
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  1. 1.The National Computing CentreEngland

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