Bernard J. Baars (born 1946, Amsterdam) is a former Senior Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at The Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, CA., directed by the late Gerald M. Edelman. Baars is currently an Affiliated Fellow.
He is best known as the originator of Global Workspace Theory (GWT), an empirical theory of human cognition and consciousness, developed with Stan Franklin as a computational architecture. A number of neuroscience groups in the US and Europe are pursuing this approach, including Stanislas Dehaene in Paris and Nikos Logothetis at the Max Planck Institute, Tuebingen. "Consciousness science" is now an established field, with a large brain and psychological literature.
In 2013, a major update called Dynamic Global Workspace Theory (D-GWT) appeared. (Baars, Franklin & Ramsoy, 2013, Frontiers). This work proceeds.
Baars served as a professor of psychology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, where he studied laboratory-evoked human errors. The same factors plausibly cause spontaneous errors as well, a significant practical as well as scientific problem. Involuntary errors are directly relevant to the basic question of voluntary control.
Baars co-founded the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, and the Elsevier journal Consciousness & Cognition, with William P. Banks.
Please see my 2015 article on Consciousness in Scholarpedia, summarizing the empirical evidence (which is often said not to exist... !).
Christine L. Borgman, Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA, is the author Big Data, Little Data, No Data ( 2015), Scholarship in the Digital Age (2007) and From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure (2000), and about 200 other publications in information studies, computer science, and communication. She is a Fellow of the ACM and of AAAS; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
Professor of Geography, University of Miami. Director (2001-2003), Vice-President (2003-2010), and Executive Vice-President (2010-2014), Conservation International. Associate Professor, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. Graduate Advisor in three Brazilian Universities: Universidade Federal do Pará, Universidade Federal da Paraíba and Universidade Federal do Amapá. Past President, Brazilian Ornithological Society. Fellow of the American Ornithologist’s Union and the Linnean Society of London.
Dr. Jianye Ge is the Associate Director of the Center for Human Identification and an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Genetics at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. His research relates primarily to forensic genetics, bioinformatics, and data mining. The software programs he developed have been used by the Federal and State government agencies to assist in solving criminal cases.
Former faculty at Johns Hopkins University and Dartmouth College. I have been teaching college students for over 20 years. My research expertise is in Internet phenomena: access, addiction, agency, control, dependency, governance, and policy; and engineering ethics in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) merging the Internet with physical bodies. I am the Editor for Machine Law, Ethics and Morality in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (2020); Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots in Contemporary Culture and Society (2017); and, Global Issues and Ethical Considerations in Human Enhancement Technologies (2014).