Date: 14-17 January 2011

Venue: St Catherine’s College; Jesus College, Oxford

This unusual conference, bridging philosophy, cognitive science, and machine intelligence brought together experts and students from a wide range of backgrounds for a long weekend of intense deliberation about the big questions: What holds together our experiences? What forms can intelligence take? How can we create effective collective or artificial intelligence?



Friday 14 January: Symposium on Tim Bayne’s “The Unity of Consciousness”

Venue: JCR Lecture Theatre, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford

Time: 10:00-19:00


10:15-10:45 Coffee

10:45-12:15 Wholes, Holism and Selves [video]
(Professor Barry Dainton, University of Liverpool)

12:30-14:00 Vehicles, Experiences and the Whole [video]
(Dr Lizzie Schechter, Oxford University)

14:00-15:00 Sandwich Lunch

15:00-16:30 Unity, Disunity and Attention [video]
(Professor Jesse Prinz, City University of New York)

16:30-17:00 Coffee

17:00-18:30 The Unity of Consciousness as a Constraint on Theories of Consciousness [video]
(Dr Timothy Bayne, Oxford University)

18:30-19:45 Informal Drinks

20:00 Speakers’ Dinner


For directions to the venue, please click below:

Directions for St Catherine’s College

map of St Catherine’s College

St Catherine’s in the context of Oxford city centre

Download maps for Oxford
Saturday 15 January
Non-Standard Concepts of Intelligence

Most debates that centre on intelligence focus on the significance, meaning, and grounding of IQ. Moreover, most of these debates use the adult human as the only working example of an intelligent subject. However, there are many more interesting questions surrounding the concept of intelligence than those that merely address its connection to IQ and there are other intelligent subjects outside of adult humans. In this conference we will sidestep the well-worn IQ debate and analyze different conceptions of intelligence: group intelligence, animal intelligence, emotional intelligence, and artificial intelligence.

Venue: Jesus College, Ship Street Centre, Oxford

Time: 11:00-19:00


11:00 Coffee

11:30-12:45 How to Defend the Hypothesis of Collective Intelligence [video]
(Professor Bryce Huebner, Georgetown University)

12:45-14:00 Intelligence Spillovers Among Humans: A Big HGI Payoff [video]
(Professor Garett Jones, George Mason University)

14:00-15:00 Lunch in Jesus College Dining Hall

15:00-16:15 Emotions and Evaluative Intelligence [video]
(Professor Jesse Prinz, City University of New York)

16:15 Coffee

16:30-17:45 Universal AI & Formal Theory of Fun [video]
(Professor Juergen Schmidhuber, IDSIA & USI & SUPSI)

18:00 Speakers’ Dinner

Each session will have a 40-50 minute talk, followed by 15 min discussion and a 5 minute mini-break.


For directions to the venue, please click below:

Directions to Jesus College

Ship Street in the context of Oxford city centre

Directions to lunch (held in the Dining Hall, Jesus College)

Download maps for Oxford
Sunday 16 January
The Future of Machine Intelligence

The possibility of producing intelligent behavior in machines has inspired many fields of philosophy, computer science and engineering. While the field of artificial intelligence has a long history of bold claims and predictions that often have not held up, it has also produced a large number of useful applications of increasing sophistication. This conference will discuss how artificially intelligent systems may develop in the mid- to long-term future, possible consequences and what foresight we need to benefit from the field.

Venue: Jesus College, Ship Street Centre, Oxford

Time: 10:00-19:00


10:00 Coffee

10:30-11:30 The Statistics of the Visual World: Implications for Artificial Vision Systems [video]
(Dr Matthew Blaschko, Oxford University)

11:30-12:30 The Future of Machine Intelligence Requires Learning the Foundations of Knowledge [video]
(Professor Benjamin Kuipers, University of Michigan)

12:30-13:30 Mid-term Prospects for Machine Intelligence: Simple Statistical Models and Beyond
(Dr Moshe Looks, Google)

13:30-14:30 Lunch in Jesus College Dining Hall

14:30-15:30 Superintelligence: The Control Problem [video]
(Professor Nick Bostrom, Oxford University)

15.30-16:30 Combining Systems Neuroscience and Machine Learning to Build AGI [video]
(Dr Demis Hassabis, Gatsby Computational Neuroscience, UCL)

16:30 Coffee

16.45-17:45 Substrate Independent Minds: Pattern Survival Agrees with Universal Darwinism [video]
(Dr Randal A. Koene, Halcyon Molecular / Carboncopies)

17:45-18.45 Friendly AI: Why It’s Not That Simple [video]
(Mr Eliezer Yudkowsky, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence)

19:00 Speakers’ Dinner

Each session will have a 30-40 minute talk, followed by 15 min discussion and a 5 minute mini-break.


For directions to the venue, please see the links above for 15 January.
Monday 17 January
Workshop on Intelligence Explosion

This workshop will discuss part of Prof. Bostrom’s working manuscript for a book on the intelligence explosion and associated dynamics and security concerns. Participants are required to have read the relevant parts (circa 125 pages) ahead of the workshop. The text will be circulated in advance. The workshop will be mainly discussion-based, with some short prepared commentaries.

Venue: The Director’s Boardroom, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Time: 11:00-19:00


11.00 Coffee

11.30–13.00 Session 1 (Leadup)

13.00–13.30 Lunch in the Ashomolean Restaurant

13.30–14.00 “Highlights Tour” of the Ashmolean collection

14.00–15.30 Session 2 (Powers)

15.30–17.00 Session 3 (Dynamics)

17.00–17.15 Coffee

17.15–18.45 Session 4 (Default Outcomes)

19.00 Speakers’ Dinner

Each session will include a brief opening (~10 min) to trigger discussion.
We regret to say that registration for this workshop is full. To enquire about possible future workshops on the same topic, please email Lisa Makros.


For directions to the venue:

Please note the Museum is closed on Mondays.
Please use the entrance on St Giles Street.
The Boardroom is on the 4th Floor, next to the Restarant.
Floor Plan and information about The Ashmolean
The Ashmolean in the context of Oxford city centre

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