Videos of children and animals used in some of my presentations
(In another directory with separate index)
5 Mar 2015 Lecture on Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy
Lecture on 5th March to MSc conversion students and Intercalated Year Students
Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy kindly recorded and made available by
Khalid Khattak (a student on the course).
The original file was very large 1.2GB. This version has been reduced to 121MB
(if the video does not display in your browser try downloading it and running it
e.g. with vlc):
NOTE: The beginning of the lecture was disrupted and quite a lot of time
A PDF slide presentation related to this talk is available at
wasted (a) because for unknown reasons the projector failed to work properly
until it had been shut down and restarted (which took several minutes and (b)
because while trying to make it work I accidentally rebooted my laptop, losing
the configuration I had previously set up for the presentation! So the video has
a rather slow start.
10th December 2012 (Installed 20 May 2013, updated 26th June)
Adam Ford recorded a 2 hour 30 mins tutorial on Meta-Morphogenesis presented by Aaron
at the AGI conference, Oxford, the day after the interview listed below.
Tutorial abstract is here
Meta-morphogenesis: How a planet can produce Minds, Mathematics and Music
(along with murder, religious bigotry, and other nastiness).
The video of the tutorial was originally uploaded on Friday 17th May 2013, but with some errors,
and audio deficiencies. A revised version was installed on Adam Ford's web site on 14th June 2013.
Slides finished after the event can be found here (PDF) and
on slideshare.net in Flash format.
The tutorial did not exactly follow the slides I had prepared, partly because it was
highly interactive, partly because there was confusion about the start time, so some
examples were presented while people were still coming in.
9th December 2012; (Updated 29 Sep 2013)
Adam Ford interviewed Aaron
Sloman (Youtube) at the AGI-2012 Conference, Oxford,
on topics related to the evolution of intelligence and prospects for AI.
A reduced .webm version (120MB) is available here (WEBM).
An (edited) transcript of the interview (HTML)
is now available
Thanks to help from Dylan Holmes (MIT).
Also an expanded PDF version.
I gave a tutorial presentation the following day, listed above.
Margaret Boden's interview by Adam Ford at AGI 2012 is also available,
on Youtube here.
We both emphasise the importance of getting questions right and give examples of bad
questions, but our examples are different.
"What is computational
thinking? Who needs it? Why? How can it be learnt?"
Invited talk at ALT-C 2012, Manchester, Sept 2012 (without slides).
Slide presentation, revised and extended after the talk can be found here,
and in flash format on slideshare.net
September 2011 (Installed here 12 Jan 2014)
Presentation at BCBT Summer
Sept 2011, Barcelona. (1.7GB)
Barcelona Cognition Brain and Technology Summer school
Compressed version 197MB stored here. (Replaced .mp4 version 23 Mar 2014)
Title: How to combine science and engineering to solve philosophical problems
NOTE: The BCBT web site provides an apology for sound quality:
the video recording of this talk, the speaker's microphone malfunctioned (@ 00.45).
The sound recording continued with a secondary room microphone, but the
quality was affected, and afterwards enhanced to restore audibility as good as
possible. Our excuses for the inconvenience."
I first learnt about AI in 1969 when I was a lecturer in philosophy, and
soon became convinced that the best way to make progress in solving a
range of philosophical problems (e.g. in philosophy of mathematics,
philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of science,
epistemology, philosophy of emotions, and some parts of metaphysics) was
to produce and analyse designs for successively larger working fragments
of minds. I think that project can be enhanced by using it to pose new
questions about transitions in the evolution of biological
information-processing systems. I shall try to explain these
relationships between AI, biology and philosophy and show how they can
yield major new insights, while also inspiring important (and difficult)
Full list of talks (with videos)
A collection of video tutorials on Youtube:
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence Programming (emphasising Thinky Programming)
Using an AI language language, Pop11, including a powerful pattern matcher to
simplify list processing, e.g. in programming a Chatbot and various other tasks.
Includes introduction to use of the editor, use of 'espeak' to speak
generated sentences and Haikus.
Under continuous development, as more videos are added.
Invited talk at
4th AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) 2011 Conference, 5th Aug 2011
The biological bases of mathematical competences: a challenge for AGI (.ogv 85MB)
Youtube version: Friday Morning Keynote Sessions (Sloman and Boyden)
The conference was held at Google, Mountain View, USA.
Full set of conference videos is
"TeachShare" Presentation to ComputingAtSchool 8th June 2011"
The Science of Nearly Everything. Including Biology!
(What does AI have to do with Biology?)
Slides for the presentation.
Talk at Automatheo 2011 (April 2011, University of Oxford),
installed here 12 Jul 2013
Speaker: Aaron Sloman (University of Birmingham)
Title: Evolution, robots and mathematics (Poor Audio)
Youtube version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZeqILYDlUo
Local version (Medium Resolution Flash 213MB):
Videos of Talks at SAB2010 Paris, August 2010
Video of Aaron Sloman's talk (aaron_sloman.rm):
Using virtual machinery to bridge the "explanatory gap"
Or: Helping Darwin: How to Think About Evolution of Consciousness
Or: How could evolution (or anything else) get ghosts into machines?
NOTE: The web site seems to have disappeared. As far as I know the videos of all the
keynote talks have been lost. If anyone knows where they are please let me know.
Talks by the other two invited speakers (also lost when I last checked):
2 Feb 2010
learning mathematics requires a teacher, where did the first teachers come
Presentation at Nottingham University, Learning Sciences Research
toVideo of the presentation.
Also downloadable (as .wmv) here
(Includes Zeyn Saigol's refutation of my rubber-band star theorem.)
Sussex December 2008
A New Approach to Philosophy of Mathematics: Design a young explorer, able to discover "toddler theorems"
Talk given at Sussex university on 9th December 2008.
The presentation at Sussex, including part of the discussion, was recorded on video by
Nick Hockings and he has kindly made the resulting video available
(in three resolutions).
(Update: unavailable since Dec 2009 -- new host being sought?)
The video recording can also be viewed or downloaded
HERE (.mov file, about 500MB)
This is quite a high quality recording considering the
The PDF slides for the Sussex presentation, as shown on the video,
are here (PDF).
A revised and reorganised version of the slides used for a later presentation on the
biological basis of mathematical competences can be found
Videos from ENF'07 Vienna (Added 20 Nov 2009; more on 5 Jan 2013):
ENF07' 2007 Emulating the Mind
(Link may be broken now.)
1st international Engineering and Neuro-Psychoanalysis Forum (ENF),
Vienna, July 2007
Held in conjunction with:
INDIN 2007 the 5th International Conference on Industrial Informatics,
sponsored by the Industrial Electronics Society of the IEEE
Jaak Panksepp and I both gave invited presentations at ENF, followed by a
Our presentations and the discussion were recorded on video. The recordings are available
here (below) and also at the web site associated with the book of the conference:
Unfortunately the recordings were ruined by the fact that the camera was aimed only at our
faces, completely ignoring what speakers were pointing at on the screen, so that several
sections will be incomprehensible to viewers. However, anyone interested can see my
slides, mentioned below.
Some audio interviews (e.g. with radio journalists) on
philosophy and AI/Cognitive Science
(a) interview about the UKCRC Grand Challenge 5 (Architecture of Brain and Mind), and
(b) a programme presented by Margaret Boden on Radio 3 about AI, consciousness,
Unfortunately, like many BBC radio programmes nowadays it is ruined by lots of spurious,
patronising background noises.
Tutorial at Cosy Kickoff Conference, Bled, October 2004
A Video recording of a tutorial presentation on integration at the Kickoff Conference of
the CoSy project in Bled Slovenia, in October 2004 was recorded on video and is available
both on the CoSy web site in the
and also on the Birmingham Cosy Web site
(.webm file about 183MB)
Other things may be added later, as they become available.
Two presentations given at a Philosophy Tutorial in Oxford in October 2008 were also
recorded, and are available here.
PDF presentations used for the talks are included
The Next Big
A discussion chaired by Prof Colin Blakemore for BBC and Open
University in 2002.
"When the science of artificial intelligence was launched in the 50s, its goal was to
match the intellectual achievements of human beings. Why isn't machine intelligence
already far superior to that of people?"
Chaired by Colin Blakemore, the panel consists of
Aaron Sloman (University of Birmingham),
Amanda Sharkey (University of Sheffield),
Igor Aleksander (Imperial College).