chapter  7
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Artificial Neural Networks and Machine Evolution

This chapter introduces artificial information networks that imitate

the human nervous system. It also discusses the evolutionary

development of machines using such networks and those in which

the theory of evolution in biology is applied. If human consciousness

or the mind consists of networks of nervous systems that connect

the brain and the body, we should be able to imitate these human

functions with networks of artificial nerves and using computer

programs. It is only natural to believe that human consciousness and

the mind came to be in the course of the phylogenetic development

of humans. The latter part of this chapter describes possibility of

a machine system autonomously acquiring something like human

consciousness or the mind by evolving and developing artificial

nervous systems, applying the principles of evolution theory and

using computers.