|This paper embodies the authors’ suggestive, hypothetical and sometimes
speculative attempts to answer questions related to the interplay between
consciousness and AI. We explore the theoretical foundations of consciousness
in AI systems. We provide examples that demonstrate the potential utility
of incorporating functional consciousness in cognitive AI systems. We also
explore the possible contributions to the scientific study of consciousness
from insights obtained by building and experimenting with conscious AI systems.
Finally, we evaluate the possibility of phenomenally conscious machines.