[Fis] Report on Berkeley/vacation times

Pedro C. Marijuan pcmarijuan.iacs at aragon.es
Wed Jul 17 13:45:53 CEST 2019

Dear FISers,

Just to provide some interesting contents for these vacation weeks, I 
include herein fragments of a very useful compendium that Annette 
Grathoff (at the IS4SI Secretariat) made on the presentations of the 
Berkeley Conference.

/Here is a portfolio of links to pictures of some of the Keynote 
speakers together with the topics of their presentations so that you can 
find them using the link below to a collection of youtube videos with 
all keynote presentations:/

* Deacon.png 
*“Perfecting Behaviorism: Neural Nets as Subjects and Trainers”
** Duguid.png 
*„Connecting the Dots? ´Information´ in Historical Perspective“
** Harris.png 
*„Humane: A New Direction for Tech“
** Heylighen.png 
*„* *Return to Eden? Promises and Perils on the Road to a Global 
** Hylton.png 
*„Thermodynamic Computing“
** Lanier.png 
*„In Defense of Dualism“
** Leijnen.png 
*„A Taxonomy of the Neural Network Zoo“
** Mitchell.png 
“The Barrier of Meaning”
** Olshausen.png 
*„Getting the ´I´ into AI Some Clues from Biology and Mathematics“
** Saffo.png 
*„Lost in a Forest of Exponentials“*

/You can find a Youtube playlist of videos of keynote speeches and a 
panel discussion (between Heylighen, Leijnen, Olshausen, Mitchell and 
Verschure) here:/


Needless to say that outdoors of the conference there were very exciting 
exchanges. For instance, the idea of a possible "manifesto" on the 
crossroads that AI and IT have reached. The rarefied social polarization 
within many societies, the accumulation of economic & communication 
power in the hands of a few parties--almost adolescents!-- and the 
strange contest for world hegemony between countries and their flagship 
companies do constitute a new, strange panorama. "The Information New 
Order". Indeed, more advanced information core ideas are needed to get 
ahead our with collective views, and even to orientate oneself...
Anyhow, have a good time, or enter your discussion themes or personal 
presentations into the list if you wish, and let us prepare for the New 

Best wishes to all

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And also more systematically ordered by discussion sessions 

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