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Robust autonomy on the part of software agents requires, at least in part, the ability to deal intelligently with novel and unexpected situations. According to global workspace theory, dealing with such situations is one of the primary functions of consciousness in humans. Below we briefly describe two software agents that implement this psychological theory, and discuss their resulting potential for robust autonomy.