School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, UK
List of updates at end.
An (edited) transcript of the interview (HTML)
is now available
Thanks to help from Dylan Holmes (MIT).
Also an expanded PDF version of the transcript, with additional references.
I gave a tutorial presentation the following day, listed below.
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.
Like most of my talks this emphasises the fact that focusing on information as something to be transmitted or encoded is a serious error: information is important for living things and in engineering primarily because it is used, e.g. for various types of control. Requirements for acquisition, encoding, storage, transformation, and manipulation are all derived from the need to use information, ever since the very simplest biological organisms. One of the implications is that languages used for internal purposes evolved long before languages for communication, but this has largely been ignored by linguists, philosophers, engineers, etc., though it should have been recognised long ago by all who develop computer programs.
Full information about the workshop is scattered over several web pages,
(Updated 27 Mar 2016):
Video of lecture by Aaron Sloman at 50year AI Conference Bremen 2006 234MB (MP4)
Slides for the talk are here
Talk 37: Fundamental Questions - The Second Decade of AI
Towards Architectures for Human-like Machines
A version with abstract was posted by Adam Ford on Jun 22, 2013 at
Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies web site.
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.
Title: How to combine science and engineering to solve philosophical problems
NOTE: The BCBT web site provides an apology for sound quality:
"During the video recording of this talk, the speaker's microphone malfunctioned (@ 00.45).Abstract:
The sound recording continued with a secondary room microphone, but the
quality was affected, and afterwards enhanced to restore audibility as good as
The conference was held at Google, Mountain View, USA.
Full set of conference videos is here.
Local version (Medium Resolution Flash 213MB):
Talks by the other two invited speakers (also lost when I last checked):
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 here (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 circumstances.
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 here.
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.
My paper for the conference is Machines in the Ghost,
in Simulating the Mind: A Technical Neuropsychoanalytical Approach,The video recording of the presentation is available here (.webm 56MB), downloaded from The Book's web site
Eds. Dietrich, D. and Fodor, G. and Zucker, G. and Bruckner, D.,
Springer, Vienna & New York, 2009. pp. 124--148, Online at:
Simulating the Primal Affective Mentalities of the Mammalian Brain:available on the book web site as a video (.AVI 143MB) , and also here (.webm 54MB)
A Fugue on the Emotional Feelings of Mental Life and Implications for AI-Robotics
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
tutorials section and also on the Birmingham Cosy Web site here (.webm file about 183MB)
"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).
A PDF slide presentation related to this talk is available at
(It is a revised, reorganised, and extended version of the slides used for the talk.)
School of Computer Science
The University of Birmingham
Copyright: All my materials are made available under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence.
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