What’s actually the content of our consciousness? How much of it can be digitized? And will robots take over?
Come 10 June, we’ll peer deep into the human brain, we’ll venture high in space and we’ll look farther into the future. The 6th edition of the Popular Science Forum Ratio will gather both foreign and Bulgarian speakers, who will demonstrate clearly how science fiction is becoming science fact.
Ratio 2017 will show you three main speakers who’ll present diverse topics. There will also be several exclusive participants in our discussion panel.
Peter Watts spent the first two decades of his adult life as a marine biologist. After fleeing academia for science fiction, he became known for the habit of appending technical bibliographies onto his novels; this both confers a veneer of credibility and covers his ass against nitpickers. His novel Blindsight – a rumination on the utility of consciousness – has become a required text in university courses ranging from philosophy to neuroscience.
Talk: “Conscious Ants and Human Hives”
Watts’ talk will go over some of the insanely counterintuitive findings about the nature of consciousness, ranging from insects who seem able to recognize themselves in mirrors to Humans who drive across town, commit murder, clean up the mess and drive back home again, unconscious the whole time. Also the risks we face as we start playing around with brain-to-brain interfaces and Liu et al’s “neural lace” (widely recognised after Elon Musk’s Neuralink venture was announced).
Konstantin Vassilev and Nikola Toshev
Konstantin Vassilev and Nikola Toshev are programmers with a penchant for Artificial Intelligence. They have participated in the creation of the software company WizCom, later acquired by VMWare. Now Konstantin is working on mobile apps and games, and Nikola is the co-founder of Sciant and heads the development of machine learning within the company.
Artificial Intelligence: Revolution or Evolution?
In this talk we will start from the smallest details – how neural networks work, what is the fundamental formula of AI. Konstantin and Nikola will tell us more about the AI development over the years and what the technology can do today. Then we will widen the scope and look into the future, even though there lie many unknowns. How will the automation shock change society? Will robots be our enemies or will we live in symbiosis? What will be the fate of our species?
We will announce more of our speakers soon.
Ratio 2017 will be hel on 10 June 2017 starting at 10am and ending at 4pm. We will soon announce the full agenda.
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