Event at Microsoft NERD exploring underappreciated forms of biological intelligence, language, and AI

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Dan Elton

May 15, 2024, 1:09:41 PMMay 15
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I'm excited to announce a special Boston Astral Codex Ten event on June 28th:

When: June 28th, Friday, 5:30 - 9:00 pm
Where: Microsoft New England, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
What: socializing, talks, and discussion
Run by: Dan Elton

RSVP required! Please RSVP on Meetup to reserve a spot. 

Subscribe to the Boston ACX GCal here. 

5:00 - 5:30 pm event setup
5:30 - 6:10 pm socializing with food & drink
6:10 - 6:20 pm community update and overview
6:20 - 7:20 pm first set of talks & discussions
7:20 - 7:30 pm short break
7:30 - 8:30 pm second set of talks & discussions
8:30 - 9:00 pm wind down. Please make sure to be out of the building by 9:00 pm.

This event will bring together several academics to explore connections between biological cognition and artificial cognition. The underlying thesis here is that by better understanding intelligence in animals we can better understand intelligence in AI systems. A particular focus of this event will be on less appreciated forms of biological intelligence, drawing off the work of Michael Levin. 

Addy Cha will be speaking about how language influences cognitive processing and communication in animals like whales, dogs, and ants. Addy is a neuroscience student at Florida Atlantic University who runs Ekkolapto. Ekkolapto is a "thinkubator" that runs fellowships, hackathons, and exclusive conferences. Read more at https://www.ekkolapto.org/.

Addy Cha is helping me organize this event. More details and additional speakers will be  announced at a later date. 

There is a very good chance 
Curt Jaimungal from the "Theories of Everything" podcast will be there, either as an attendee, videographer, or a participant, but we are waiting on a final confirmation from him. 

We are working on listing this as a "special feature" AICamp event (in addition to the regular June AICamp event) to bring in a larger audience. 

This event is taking place the day after the joint Imagination in Action & CSAIL AI event. Stay abreast of Boston-area AI events on this new webpage.

-- Dan 

Dan Elton, Ph.D. (he/him) 
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