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Bus automata, brains, and mental models

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1 Author(s)
J. Rothstein ; Dept. of Comput. & Inf. Sci., Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH, USA

The author suggests that bus automata (BAs) may serve as better brain models than sequential computers of cellular automata. He proposes to view self-simulationability, together with the use of status flags and the like, as a primitive model of self-consciousness, analogous to viewing a regulator as exhibiting rudimentary purposive behavior. A discussion of what meanings might be ascribed in a BA context to terms like intelligence, pattern, theory, and meaning itself is also given. It is concluded that the BA-UTM (universal Turing machine) is a promising candidate for a brain model whose operation may actually be relevant to mental processes. Prospects for actual BA-UTM realization are briefly discussed

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IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 4 )