The International Society for the Study of Information (IS4SI) Summit – held every second year – took place at the University of California, Berkeley, June 2-6, 2019.
It was organised by neuro-anthropologist Terrence W. Deacon from UC Berkeley.
Keynote speakers were invited from disciplines as diverse as computer sciences, information theory (the school of information), design ethics, philosophy, machine learning & artificial intelligence, cybernetics, (bio)-semiotics, brain science and mathematics.
The non-keynote speeches were organized into several mini conferences which gave an idea of how the spectrum over disciplines is even broader than what was covered by the keynotes.
Members and friends of the Emergent Systems Group made the following presentations:
Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic | Morphological, Natural, Analog and other Unconventional Forms of Computing for Cognition and Intelligence | link
Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic | Morphological Computing In Cognitive Systems, Connecting Data To Intelligent Agency | link
Annette Grathoff | Exploration of structural and kinetic components of physical information | pdf
Wolfgang Hofkirchner | Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence, and Wisdom in the Global Sustainable Information Society. Clarification of concepts | pdf
Wolfgang Hofkirchner | Taking the perspective of the Third: A contribution to the Origins of Systems Thinking | pdf
Wolfgang Hofkirchner | Blurring of the human and the artificial. A conceptual clarification | pdf
Abir U. Igamberdiev and Joseph E. Brenner | The relational meaning of information in dynamic processes in reality | pdf
Robert K. Logan | The Emperor of Strong AI Has No Clothes | text (pdf)
Illuminating, on the one hand, the talk that showed the limitations of AI (see Melanie Mitchell) and inspiring, on the other, the talk that explored the realistic potential for a global mind (see Francis Heylighen).
Marcin Schroeder, mathematician and theoretical physicist, who took over the presidency from Terry Deacon invites to the next Summit in two years to Japan: it will take place at Tohoku University in Sendai, the third largest University in Japan. The title he suggests for the Summit is: Homo informaticus Species in its Global Society 5.0 and the Great War of Independence with the Technological Singularity: Real, Virtual or Fictional Future?