CFProposal AISB2018

  The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation for Behaviour (AISB) is soliciting proposals for symposia to be held at the AISB 2018 convention.The longest running convention on Artificial Intelligence, A...


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Insurance AI Analy...

Insurance AI Analytics Summit, October 9-10, London Join us for Europe’s only AI event dedicated to insurance where 300 attendees will unite from analytics, pricing, marketing, claims and underwriting. You’ll find out how advan...


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AISB 2018 Convention

  The longest running convention on Artificial Intelligence, AISB 2018 will be held at the University of Liverpool, chaired by Floriana Grasso and Louise Dennis. As in the past years, AISB 2018 will provide a unique forum for p...


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AI Summit London

     The AI Summit London: The World’s Number One AI Event for Business  Date: 9-10 May 2017 Venue: Business Design Centre, London. The AI Summit is the world’s first and largest/number one conference exhibition dedicated to t...


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AISB Wired Health

    AISB and WIRED events have partnered to bring together inspirational high-profile speakers. Join hundreds of healthcare, pharmaceutical and technology influencers and leaders at the 4th Annual WIRED Health event, taking pl...


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Hugh Gene Loebner

  The AISB were sad to learn last week of the passing of philanthropist and inventor Hugh Gene Loebner PhD, who died peacefully in his home in New York at the age of 74.  Hugh was founder and sponsor of The Loebner Prize, an an...


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AI Europe 2016

  Partnership between AISB and AI Europe 2016: Next December 5th and 6th in London, AI Europe will bring together the European AI eco-system by gathering new tools and future technologies appearing in professional fields for th...


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AISB convention 2017

  In the run up to AISB2017 convention (http://aisb2017.cs.bath.ac.uk/index.html), I've asked Joanna Bryson, from the organising team, to answer few questions about the convention and what comes with it. Mohammad Majid...


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Harold Cohen

Harold Cohen, tireless computer art pioneer dies at 87   Harold Cohen at the Tate (1983) Aaron image in background   Harold Cohen died at 87 in his studio on 27th April 2016 in Encintias California, USA.The first time I hear...


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Dancing with Pixies?...

At TEDx Tottenham, London Mark Bishop (the former chair of the Society) demonstrates that if the ongoing EU flagship science project - the 1.6 billion dollar "Human Brain Project” - ultimately succeeds in understanding all as...


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Bishop and AI news

Stephen Hawking thinks computers may surpass human intelligence and take over the world. This view is based on the ideology that all aspects of human mentality will eventually be realised by a program running on a suitable computer – a so-called strong AI. Of course, if this is possible, a runaway effect would eventually be triggered by accelerating technological progress – caused by using AI systems to design ever more sophisticated AIs and Moore's law, which states that raw computational power doubles every two years.

Conversely in the following articles Bishop discusses three fundamental problems which explain why computational AI has historically failed to replicate human mentality in all its raw and electro-chemical glory, and will continue to fail:

First, computers lack genuine understanding. The Chinese Room Argument is a famous thought experiment by US philosopher John Searle that shows how a computer program can appear to understand Chinese stories (by responding to questions about them appropriately) without genuinely understanding anything of the interaction. Click here for more info.

Second, computers lack consciousness. An argument can be made through what Bishop calls "Dancing with Pixies", that if a robot experiences a conscious sensation as it interacts with the world, then an infinitude of consciousnesses must be everywhere: in the cup of tea once is drinking, in the seat that one is sitting on. If we reject this wider state of affairs – known as panpsychism – we must reject machine consciousness. Click here for more info.

Lastly, computers lack genuine mathematical insight. In his book The Emperor's New Mind, Oxford mathematical physicist Roger Penrose argued that the way mathematicians provide many of the "unassailable demonstrations" to verify their mathematical assertions is fundamentally non-algorithmic and non-computational. Click here.
 
There has been several recent international news stories featuring Mark Bishop's research on AI, some of which are listed below:
  • On Stephen Hawking's recent claim about the dangers of AI. Click here.
  • On Ex Machina, a film released recently. Click here.
  • Featured in the Danish Newspaper Mitfyn (an article with Sune Vork Steffensen). Click here
  • A New Scientist piece which [at the time] was their most downloaded article in the issue. Click here.
  • An article picked up by "The Aspen Institute" in USA as one of their nominated "Five Best Ideas of the Day" (Dec. 19th). Click here.
  • The Huffington Post. Click here.
  • The National (Australia). Click here.