Interview, Discussie

AI, Consciousness, and Purpose: A Deep Dive

Dr. Federico Faggin and others
Dinsdag 4 juni , 19:30 - 21:15
Blauwe Zaal, Auditorium
Prijs: Gratis (Student) Gratis (Anderen)

Will AI surpass humanity? Not according to Dr. Federico Faggin, the visionary pioneer who invented the world's first commercial microprocessor. He strongly disagrees with the popular notion that the human mind is essentially an advanced computer.

Can computers achieve human intelligence and develop consciousness, and even feelings, as science fiction often predicts? This is a question that has long fascinated Federico Faggin. While working on artificial neural networks at his company, Synaptics, he began to wonder if it would be possible to build a conscious computer. This turned into a lifelong personal and scientific quest, resulting in a new theory of consciousness based on the latest findings in physics. He argues that consciousness is not "computable" as an algorithm, but that our inner life has more in common with quantum mechanics. 

In a panel discussion with experts from various fields, Faggin will explore the implications of AI for understanding consciousness and the search for purpose and meaning in a technologically advanced society. Tonight is your chance to hear from one of the most influential figures in technology and scientific research. Dive into the depths of technology's potential and explore the philosophical questions that shape our future and our understanding of the universe. Faggin's concepts and ideas could be seen as a prelude to a fascinating paradigm shift to come.

Dr. Federico Faggin is an Italian-born physicist with a renowned track record in physics, engineering, and innovation. Shortly after joining Fairchild Semiconductor in Palo Alto, he designed the world's first commercial microprocessor, a turning point for the electronics industry. It became the universal building block of digital electronic systems, significantly impacting the global economy and people's daily lives. In later years, Faggin turned to the profound questions of consciousness and reality, establishing the Federico and Elvia Faggin Foundation to support scientific research in these areas. He received numerous awards throughout his career, including the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation. This June, his book Irreducible will be published in English, in which he argues that consciousness is ultimately not scientifically reducible. This may be bad news for those hoping that AIs can truly come to life, but it is good news for those who fear a technological takeover of humanity.

Panel members will be announced here shortly. 

This event is organized in cooperation with the Essentia Foundation.

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SG & USE/ITEC registration 
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