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What makes a brain or machine conscious? Will robots become more conscious than we are? One theory, which can actually calculate consciousness, is beginning to provide some answers.
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SCIENTIFIC NOTES:
* Simulation of animats (simulated beings) from generation to generation, showing increase of phi: http://integratedinformationtheory.org/animats.html

* Research paper on Integrated Information Theory 3.0: http://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003588

* More on medical uses of IIT with EEG: http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/5/198/198ra105.short

* More on Behavioral Zombies and Philosophical Zombies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophical_zombie#Types_of_zombies

* More on the relationship between consciousness and free will: http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Integrated_information_theory

CREDITS:

Host, Writer, Producer: Greg Kestin

Animation & Compositing: Marquee Productions & Greg Kestin

Contributing Writer: Lissy Herman

Scientific Consultants:
Masafumi Oizumi
Larissa Albantakis
Christof Koch

Filming, Writing, & Editing Contributions from:
Samia Bouzid and David Goodliffe

Image Contributions from: Drew Ganon

Editorial Input form:
Julia Cort
Lauren Aguirre
Anna Rothschild

Special thanks:
Ari Daniel
Allison Eck
Fernando Becerra
Gil Kaplan
Eric Brass
Lauren Miller
And the entire NOVA team

From the producers of PBS NOVA
© WGBH Educational Foundation

Funding provided by FQXi

Music provided by APM
Sound effects: Freesound.org
Neuron & MRI footage: Pond5
Additional footage from: Rise of the Robots, find credits at
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/rise-of-the-robots.html

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