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?
Date: 14-17 January 2011
Venue: St Catherine’s College; Jesus College, Oxford
- Winter Intelligence Conference Press Release
- Winter Intelligence Conference Report
- Machine Intelligence Survey
Watch the presentations (video files on Vimeo)
Friday 14 January: Symposium on Tim Bayne’s “The Unity of Consciousness”
Venue: JCR Lecture Theatre, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford
10:45-12:15 Wholes, Holism and Selves (Professor Barry Dainton, University of Liverpool)
12:30-14:00 Vehicles, Experiences and the Whole (Dr Lizzie Schechter, Oxford University)
14:00-15:00 Sandwich Lunch
15:00-16:30 Unity, Disunity and Attention (Professor Jesse Prinz, City University of New York)
17:00-18:30 The Unity of Consciousness as a Constraint on Theories of Consciousness (Dr Timothy Bayne, Oxford University)
18:30-19:45 Informal Drinks
20:00 Speakers’ Dinner
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
11:30-12:45 How to Defend the Hypothesis of Collective Intelligence (Professor Bryce Huebner, Georgetown University)
12:45-14:00 Intelligence Spillovers Among Humans: A Big HGI Payoff (Professor Garett Jones, George Mason University)
14:00-15:00 Lunch in Jesus College Dining Hall
15:00-16:15 Emotions and Evaluative Intelligence (Professor Jesse Prinz, City University of New York)
16:30-17:45 Universal AI & Formal Theory of Fun (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.
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
10:30-11:30 The Statistics of the Visual World: Implications for Artificial Vision Systems (Dr Matthew Blaschko, Oxford University)
11:30-12:30 The Future of Machine Intelligence Requires Learning the Foundations of Knowledge (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 (Professor Nick Bostrom, Oxford University)
15.30-16:30 Combining Systems Neuroscience and Machine Learning to Build AGI (Dr Demis Hassabis, Gatsby Computational Neuroscience, UCL)
16.45-17:45 Substrate Independent Minds: Pattern Survival Agrees with Universal Darwinism (Dr Randal A. Koene, Halcyon Molecular / Carboncopies)
17:45-18.45 Friendly AI: Why It’s Not That Simple (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.
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
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)
17.15–18.45 Session 4 (Default Outcomes)
19.00 Speakers’ Dinner
Each session will include a brief opening (~10 min) to trigger discussion.