Supporting the science of consciousness

The foundation supports various programs at us universities and institutes to advance the understanding of consciousness through theoretical and experimental research.
SINCE 2011

What is Consciousness?

My curiosity about consciousness started in the late eighties when I asked myself if it was possible to make a conscious computer. In the early sixties, artificial intelligence (AI) researchers, speculated that soon computers would surpass human intelligence. Despite being much more powerful, today’s computers are not one bit more conscious, than the computers in early sixties.

Federico Faggin
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What is Consciousness?

Consciousness allows us to do much more than blindly acting in automatic response to sensory signals, which is all a machine can do. No feelings are possible between the symbolic recognition and the programmed action. It is consciousness that creates the interiority we experience.

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The Nature of Consciousness

In the essay titled “What is consciousness?”, I have stated that the existence of qualia is not explainable based on the current scientific theories. I have also argued that the capacity to comprehend seems to be even more difficult to explain than qualia.

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And the rest is history