Future of Mind symposium July 20, 2016
The Center for Transformative Media, NYC

FUTURE of MIND will feature a series of panels moderated by Dr. Goertzel and Prof. Keller, combining contributions of expert panelists with those of audience members. Brief presentations by panelists will be followed by discussions encouraging participants and audience to develop a day long conversation

What form of cognition will be salient in our corner of the universe 50 years from now?  Our models of mind have been forced to evolve radically in recent years, in the wake of accelerating scientific, mathematical, computational and cultural advancements.  The Extended Mind Hypothesis, the Global Brain, Machine Consciousness, Artificial General Intelligence, Open Ended Intelligence and a host of other cutting-edge concepts are all part of this expanding landscape of cognitive models.

Provocatively- if the Technological Singularity envisioned by scientists like Ray Kurzweil and SF writers like Vernor Vinge arrives mid-century as foreseen- then the concept of intelligence will be expanded even more broadly. We may find ourselves living in a world populated by literally millions of ‘kinds’ of intelligence, distributed across our planet and the local neighborhood of our solar system, occupying the macro, nano and femto scales, and perhaps penetrating aspects of reality we cannot now imagine.

In this workshop we will explore the future possibilities of intelligence in the broadest way possible.  What kinds of minds will future AGIs and robots possess?  What kinds of collective intelligence will emerge among humans, cyborgs, robots, and AIs?  What new types of complex self-organizing dynamics will arise, stretching beyond our current concept of “intelligence”?  What will our current notions of “ethics”, “consciousness” and “creativity” look like from the perspective of 2050 or 2200?  What are the questions we should be asking about the future of mind and the mind of the future?

FUTURE of MIND will feature a series of panels moderated by Dr. Goertzel and Prof. Keller, combining contributions of expert panelists with those of audience members. Brief presentations by panelists will be followed by discussions encouraging participants and audience to develop a day long conversation.

The symposium will take place immediately following a four day [July 16-19], international, Human Level AI conference- HLAI 2016- the full details of which can be found here:  http://agi-conf.org/hlai2016/