“MINDS AND MACHINES: DEBATES ON THE NATURE OF INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE”

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED STUDIES
NIAS CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES PROGRAMME
presents
“MINDS AND MACHINES: DEBATES ON THE NATURE OF INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE”

A One Day Workshop with Experts from Machine Intelligence, Big Data, Philosophy of Science,
Information Theory, Brain Imaging Technologies, Social Cognition & Consciousness Studies

27 December 2017
National Institute of Advanced Studies
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, INDIA

Workshop Coordinators:
Siddharth S & Sangeetha Menon

About the Workshop

What is “Intelligence”? What is “Experience”? Is intelligence the power to compute, to be logical, to make rational decisions, to perform, to be successful, and to learn from “experiences”? Experience might sound an anathema in the discussion on “intelligence” since it brings the classical debates on subject vs data, subjectivity vs objectivity, and also functional success vs ethics. Can a machine have experience? Is human intelligence or machine intelligence possible without the richness presented by the frailties and intensity of personal experiences? Can one have self-consciousness without having an experience or being an “experiencer” and the agent of action?

In recent years, renowned scholars, including Nobel laureates and other scientists, technology pioneers, and philosophers, have raised the possibility and threat of artificial intelligence superseding human species. The possibility seems pertinent in times when technology is becoming ‘smarter’ by the day, and playing an increasingly important role in the way we lead our lives. Such speculation provides the context and the need for us to step back and ask few fundamental questions: What is intelligence? How is intelligence understood in various disciplines like computer science, philosophy, psychology and the arts? What does it mean for an entity to be an agent and perform an act? Is it possible for a machine to ‘think’ and ‘act’ the way humans do? What is the place of aesthetic, creative and profound experiences in deciding and influencing “intelligence”, behaviour and value systems?

This one day Workshop organised by NIAS Consciousness Studies Programme aims at fostering discussions across disciplines around experiential traditions. The Resource persons for the Workshop will present, and contextualise perspectives from the fields of computer science, information theory, neuroscience and brain imaging, performance arts, and philosophy to engage with the frontier questions concerning intelligence and the limits of human experience.

The speakers include Dr Tilak Agerwala (Emeritus IBM Scientist, IBM Watson Centre ), Dr LM Patnaik (Former Vice Chancellor, Defence Institute Advanced Technology Deemed University, Pune ), Dr Deepti Navaratna (Director, IGNCA RCB), Dr Prathibha Karanth (Director, COM-DEALL), Dr Nithin Nagaraj (NIAS CSP), Dr. Binoy V V (NIAS CSP), Siddharth S (NIAS CSP), Dr Shankar Rajaraman (NIAS CSP; Sanskrit scholar), and Dr. Sangeetha Menon (Head, NIAS CSP). Siddharth S and Sangeetha Menon will be moderating the sessions and placing the questions on the table during the lectures and the panel discussions.

The Workshop is intended to motivate the participants to think and argue beyond the traditional boundaries of disciplines and develop a perspective that will help understand intelligence (human and machine) in a contextual manner. It is also expected that this Workshop will also present an opportunity to interact with Mentors who are domain experts.

Link:

http://niasconsciousnesscentre.com/B/Events/mindandmachinesDec2017.html

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“MINDS AND MACHINES: DEBATES ON THE NATURE OF INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE”

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED STUDIES
NIAS CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES PROGRAMME
presents
“MINDS AND MACHINES: DEBATES ON THE NATURE OF INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE”

A One Day Workshop with Experts from Machine Intelligence, Big Data, Philosophy of Science,
Information Theory, Brain Imaging Technologies, Social Cognition & Consciousness Studies

27 December 2017
National Institute of Advanced Studies
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, INDIA

Link:

http://niasconsciousnesscentre.com/B/Events/mindandmachinesDec2017.html

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International conference “Consciousness, Cognition and Culture: Implications for the 21st Century”.

International conference “Consciousness, Cognition and Culture: Implications for the 21st Century”.

Great news to all who are interested in mind, consciousness and cognition studies …
NIAS Consciousness Studies Programme will be organising a major international conference “Consciousness, Cognition and Culture: Implications for the 21st Century”. Speakers will be the most wellknown names from the field.
Date 9-11 Dec, 2015
Venue: JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS
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The Problem of Mind, Cognitive Science and Integrated Research Methodology

There are numerous aspects of the nature of man, and each aspect gives rise to many problems. Some of these problems are comparatively simple, other deep and perplexing. Throughout time, people have made distinction between the material or physical world and mental or psychical world, the former may be perceived by any observer; the later remains a private experience. Philosophy of mind, today dealing with four issues: the nature of mind and body, mental content, mental causation and consciousness. The nature of mind is one of the most important issues that philosophy has to consider and one of the most complex and baffling. The answer depends on our definition of mind and our interpretation of the universe. Any single interpretation of mind is inadequate. The problem of the nature of mind is central question not only from metaphysical point of view, but also from that of human interests in general. In everyday sphere of human experience the manifestation of the powers of mind is closely perceived. In this paper we will study the concept of mind in its historical setting, the nature and work of cognitive science and integrated research methodology to deal with the problem of mind.

 

Cognitive Science in India (Courses Available)

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Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the mind and its processes. It examines what cognition is, what it does and how it works. It includes research on intelligence and behavior, especially focusing on how information is represented, processed, and transformed (in faculties such as perception, language, memory, reasoning, and emotion) within nervous systems (human or other animal) and machines (e.g. computers). Cognitive science consists of multiple research disciplines, including psychology, artificial intelligence, philosophy, neuroscience, linguistics, and anthropology. It spans many levels of analysis, from low-level learning and decision mechanisms to high-level logic and planning; from neural circuitry to modular brain organization. The fundamental concept of cognitive science is “that thinking can best be understood in terms of representational structures in the mind and computational procedures that operate on those structures.”

Here I am going to give the information about the courses available in India with concerned Institute details:

1.     Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (CBCS) , University of Allahabad, India

Courses Available:

  • A Master (M.Sc.) in Cognitive Science : Students who have completed a Bachelors degree in Behavioural/Cognitive Science or related disciplines including Psychology, Neuroscience, Biosciences, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, etc. are eligible to apply for admission to the Master programme.
  • Doctoral program in Cognitive Science : Students who have completed a Master program in Behavioural/Cognitive Science or related disciplines including Psychology, Neuroscience, Sciences, Engineering (e.g., Computer Science, Electronics & Communication, Electrical Engineering), Linguistics, Medicine, and Philosophy are eligible to apply for admission to the Doctoral Program. Students with NET/JRF/CSIR/GATE/ICMR are encouraged to apply.
  • Website: http://cbcs.ac.in/
  • Centre of Behavioural      and Cognitive Sciences, (CBCS), University of Allahabad (PhD, MSc /      MA)

2.     IIT Gandhi Nagar

Courses Available:M.Sc. , Ph.D.

  • M.Sc. in Cognitive Science: Students who have a Bachelor’s degree (e.g. B.A., B.Sc., B.Tech.) with a minimum of 55% (5.5 CGPA for students with letter grades/CGPA) aggregate marks for General/OBC category candidates and at least 50% (5.0 CGPA for students with letter grades/CGPA) aggregate marks for SC, ST and PD category candidates in the qualifying degree, are eligible to apply for admission to the Master’s program in Cognitive Science. Students who are awaiting final semester/year results may also apply
  • Cognitive Science program IIT      Gandhinagar, [[Ph.D., M.Sc]]      (from 2010, 2013)
  • Website: http://cogs.iitgn.ac.in/

3.     School Of Cognitive Science, Jadavpur University

          Course Offered:, M.Phil. , Ph.D.

4.     Center for Neural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Hyderabad

          Course offered: M.Phil , Ph.D.

  • For M.Phil. and Ph.D.: Master’s degree in any discipline in the Humanities or Social or Natural Sciences with at least 55% marks. Selection is made on the basis of a written test followed by an interview.
  • University of Hyderabad, Center for Neural and Cognitive Sciences (Ph.D., MPhil)

5.     National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) Bangalore

           Course Offered:  Ph.D.

  • Ph.D. Program: The scholarships are open to those who have completed / are completing a Master’s/M.Phil. degree in any relevant subject in natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, social sciences, humanities or the arts, and with a consistently proven academic record (minimum 55% marks). Some research and/or field experience in the concerned areas may be preferred, but is not essential. Candidates who have passed the NET/ SET examinations or qualified for JRF/ DST/ CSIR/ ICSSR fellowships will be preferred.
  • National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Indian Institute of Science Campus (Ph.D.)
  • Website: http://www.nias.res.in/research-schools-humanities-cognition.php

6.     IIT Hyderabad

Hope we will find more institute who are willing to explore in this area of research in future.