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CRI Research Seminar: Olaf Witkowski

CRI Research Seminar: Olaf Witkowski

A New University: Researching the Nature of Intelligence between Academia and the Industry.

From cells, to brains, to animal societies, and artificial general intelligence (AGI), cognition can be understood in terms of self-maintaining information flows through time and space. Information's substrate-independence and interoperability made it possible for symbolic representations such as the genetic code to parasite the laws of physics. These patterns progressively became more complex, going through major transitions which gave rise to large varieties of self-correcting patterns. The key to understanding the emergence and dynamics of these transitions can be found in the way spatiotemporal entities process and exchange information between each other, that is, the causal structure of their sensorimotor loops and information trading patterns.

Replicating these effects of intelligent and living systems artificially with computer simulations – either recent von Neumann architectures or more unconventional computing over exotic substrates – enables us to factor out the fundamental principles of life in the universe, and represent formally the nature of concepts such as cognition, autonomy, complexity, cooperation and integration. This talk will introduce how the work at Cross Labs innovates in terms of approach and institutional methodology, to identify the fundamental laws that give rise to collective intelligence in the universe.

Dr. Olaf Witkowski is the director of research at Cross Labs, where he leads innovative research in artificial life, machine learning, cognitive science, collective intelligence, and evolutionary computation. He received his PhD in computer science from the University of Tokyo, and is currently a member of the board of directors of the International Society for Artificial Life. He is also a research scientist at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, a lecturer at the University of Tokyo, a regular visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and a co-founder of YHouse, an institute for the study of the emergence of consciousness in the universe, in New York.

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