“Where is the I in AI and the Meaning in Information?”

The International Society for the Study of Information (IS4SI) Summit will be held at the University of California, Berkeley, 2 – 6 June 2019, under that title.

Current President is Terrence W. Deacon, Professor at Anthropology, UC Berkeley. Read here the IS4SI President’s theme statement. The link to the conference website is here.

Among several highlights, there is the appearance of two speakers that deserve particular mentioning: Melanie Mitchell, Professor of Computer Science at Portland University, who is known for her recent New York Times Op-Ed piece: Artificial Intelligence Hits the Barrier of Meaning in which she puts forward a sound critique of often heard promises of AI; and Francis Heylighen, Research Professor and Director of the Center Leo Apostel at the Free University of Brussels, famous as editor of the Principia Cybernetica Project and Director of the Global Brain Institute, arguing against the Singularity hypothesis.

Since the conference will also present proponents of strong AI and of Singularity, we look forward to fruitful discussions.

See also at our pages Meetings and Lectures for more details.


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