NEW ITEMS: NEW TALKS, PAPERS, CONFERENCES, ETC
Varieties of meanings
A talk on why 'symbol attachment' (now labelled 'symbol tethering') is
better, for human-like intelligent
systems, than 'symbol grounding'.
Given to the Birmingham Language and Cognition seminar, Friday 5th
TALK AT BIRMINGHAM CAFE SCIENTFIQUE 7th May 2004
DO MACHINES, NATURAL OR ARTIFICIAL, REALLY NEED EMOTIONS?
Draft: liable to change. Comments and criticisms welcome
November 2002 to Summer 2004, and still progressing:
The following points to information about the initiative as a whole
and more detailed information on Grand Challenge 5 (GC-5)
on the "Architecture of Brain and Mind":
UK Computing Research Council Initiative on Grand Challenges,
AAAI SPRING SYMPOSIUM STANFORD, MARCH 2004
The paper is here
Workshop on architectures for emotions
Invited talk: "What are emotion theories about"
Draft incomplete slides partly prepared after the conference, developing
the themes can be found here:
PAPER AT GRAND CHALLENGES IN COMPUTING EDUCATION CONFERENCE, MARCH
Models of Consciousness Workshop (Sept 2003)
This workshop, funded by The European Science Foundation, was
held at the University of Birmingham, September 1-3 2003.
For further details see:
My slide presentation on supervenience and virtual machines is
Presentation on consciousness and virtual machines
at the 7th Conference of
the Association for the Scientific Study of Science,
ASSC available here:
Abstract for my invited talk.
Architecture-based philosophy of
What kind of virtual machine is capable of human consciousness?
An extended version of the slides used for my presentation can be found
A new venture: "Cafe Scientifique" for Birmingham.
My slides for this talk are here
A preliminary meeting was held on 25th October 2002, on "What is science?"
The Next Big Thing: Open University/BBC discussion on the possibility of AI
A video of this programme, first broadcast in March 2002,
is available online at
notes on AI provided for the programme.
for invited keynote talk Can we design a mind?
at the AI and Design Conference, Cambridge,
15th July 2002. Comments and criticisms welcome.
THE COMPUTER REVOLUTION IN PHILOSOPHY (1978)
My long out of print book
The Computer Revolution in Philosophy (1978)
is now available online, free of charge, here
A number of notes and comments were added in 2001-2002.
The book attempts to show how AI fits into the spectrum of shallow and
deep types of science.
"Architectures and the spaces they inhabit" -- Slide presentation
at IBM New York, March 2002.
and comments on the DARPA Cognitive Systems
Suggestions for a UK Grand Challenge project in AI/cognitive science/Neuroscience.
Examples of our Free, Open Source, Graphical Interface tools
(a language with the power of Lisp but a more familiar syntax).
Also demonstrated in this Pop-11-based Eliza "Chatbot" program
simulating a non-directive psychotherapist:
Last updated: 20 Dec 2005