An understanding of consciousness – and the mechanisms that give rise to the experience of the world around us and our place within it – is more important to our everyday lives than ever before. But a serious knowledge and communications gap persist.
MMCR conduct and promote internationally competitive research focused on delivering a transformative scientific understanding of consciousness and its function in intelligent creatures and machines. By better understanding how consciousness interacts with decision-making, attention, memory, perception and social interaction we aim to improve quality of life.
Consciousness - the research challenge
Consciousness is mysterious – yet something we all know. It is notoriously ambiguous and difficult to define, yet we have wondered about it for as long as we've been able to wonder. So what is it about consciousness that makes it the grand research challenge?
As artificial intelligence and robotics surround us with new autonomous technology, the role of consciousness is becoming increasingly important. Can this technology be conscious? And how will we address the ethical challenges?
The medical industry is increasingly able to assist and alter conscious states: through implants (such as the bionic eye), pharmaceuticals (such as micro-dosing psychedelics) and coma.