iRobot: Self-reflection, Consciousness, and Artificial Intelligence. Panel discussion with Peter Scott, Chuck Pierson, and Frank Beurskens

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iRobot: Self-reflection, Consciousness, and Artificial Intelligence. Panel discussion with Peter Scott, Chuck Pierson, and Frank Beurskens

Time: March 28, 2014 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: CG Jung Center
Street: 408 Franklin Street, Side Entrance
City/Town: Buffalo, NY 14202
Website or Map: http://www.apswny.com
Phone: 716 854 7457 - please leave message
Event Type: panel, presentation
Organized By: APSWNY Programming Committee
Latest Activity: Mar 28

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iRobot; Self-reflection, Consciousness, and Artificial Intelligence. Panel discussion with Peter Scott, Chuck Pierson, and Frank Beurskens

 

Time: Friday, March 28th, 7:30 – 9:30 PM

Members $8/ Nonmembers $10/ Students $5

 

This provocative panel discussion explores the link between consciousness and artificial intelligence. How do humans understand consciousness?  What is the evolution of consciousness? In the future, will computers become conscious? Or Is Artificial Intelligence a negation of consciousness and the soul?  Three panelists will explore consciousness from three different lenses, computer engineering, metaphysical, and depth psychological.

 

Questions or comments, please email: inquire@apswny.com

 

Peter Scott joined the faculty of the University at Buffalo in 1970 with principal appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering until 1998, then with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering until his retirement in 2012.  During his tenure at UB he also held adjunct faculty positions with the School of Medicine and the Department of Biophysical Sciences.  He has done research and published in the areas of optimal control theory, digital signal processing, bioelectric phenomena, computer vision and data fusion.

 

Charles Pierson, Ph.D. is a psychologist at the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center. He teaches classes on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in Buffalo.

 

Frank Beurskens serves as vice-president of APSWNY. He attended Pacifica Graduate Institute in the Jungian Studies program.  Frank is CEO of ShoptoCook, Inc., an interactive media company headquartered in Buffalo, NY.

 

“We in the West have come to be highly disciplined, organized, and rational. On the other hand, having allowed our unconscious personality to be suppressed, we are excluded from understanding primitive man’s civilization… The more successful we become in science and technology, the more diabolical are the uses to which we put our inventions and discoveries.” (C.G. Jung Speaking: Interviews & Encounters, p397)

 

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Comment by Mark K Warford on March 27, 2014 at 3:38pm
Looking forward!
Comment by Frank Beurskens on January 11, 2014 at 10:16am

This presentation in part, explores consciousness by examining the line separating matter and mind, inanimate and animate.  An excellent article in the New Yorker explores consciousness in plants: THE INTELLIGENT PLANT, Scientists debate a new way of understanding... BY MICHAEL POLLAN, DECEMBER 23, 2013.  

The article quotes Stefano Mancuso on plant intelligence.  An excellent TED talk featuring Mancuso is available on YouTube: Ideas worth spreading - The roots of plant intelligence

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Analytical Psychology Society of Western New York

The CG Jung Center
408 Franklin Street, Side Entrance
Buffalo, NY 14202
http://www.apswny.com
Phone: 716 854 7457 - please leave message

Questions or coments: inquire@apswny.com

"I have been compelled, in my investigations into the structure of the unconscious, to make a conceptual distinction between soul and psyche. By psyche, I understand the totality of all psychic processes, conscious as well as unconscious. By soul, on the other hand, I understand a clearly demarcated functional complex that can best be described as a "personality". (Jung, 1971: Def. 48 par. 797)

 


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