(Provo, UT)  The AGI Laboratory released a new modified Plutchik model which acts as the underlying basis for biasing ICOM AGI systems.  The lab has used several variations but given various factors is moving ahead with all the research program’s using this model which inverts the emotional valences of the model 360 degree’s making it easier for the underlying system todo baselines and comparisons.  This will show up in forth coming research.

to quote the resent ITSC/IEEE paper on the ICOM theory of consciousness:

“The Independent Core Observer Model Theory of Consciousness (ICOMTC)

At a very high level, ICOM as a cognitive architecture (Kelley 2016) works by streaming data and context processed by the underlying system (the observer) and based on emotional needs and interests and other factors in the system, these are weeded out until only a certain amount are processed, or ‘experienced’ in the ‘core’ (or global workspace) which holds emotional models based on Plutchik’s (Norwood 2016) work.  These elements of the core exist for both conscious and subconscious emotional landscapes of the system where the context that is ‘experienced’ from the standpoint of the system is the only ‘experiences’ that the conscious system is aware of.   In this way, only the differential experience matters and the system, for example, doesn’t understand a word as much as it feels the emotional context of the word as it relates to underlying context.  It is the emotional valences associated with things that the system then selects things to think emotionally about.  The system select’s actions based on how they improve the experiences of those emotional valences and in this way the system may choose to do something logical based on how it feels about it, or it could just as easily pick something else for no other reason than it feels a bit better about it.  In this way, also the system does not have direct access to those emotional values nor is a direct function of the algorithms, but it is an abstraction of the system created by the core that can be considered emotionally conscious or self-aware being sapient and sentient in the abstract.”

This really goes to the fundamental nature of this model as it relates to the ICOM cognitive architecture and why it has the profound biasing effect that it does.

Feel free to use this diagram with references to this work.


  • Kelley, D.; Critical Nature of Emotions in Artificial General Intelligence; IEET 2016; https://ieet.org/index.php/IEET2/more/Kelley20160923
  • Norwood, G.; Deeper Mind 9. Emotions – The Plutchik Model of Emotions; http://www.deepermind.com/02clarty.htm 403 (2/20/02016)