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GET YOUR TICKETS HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-consciousness-and-the-case-against-reality-w-donald-hoffman-phd-tickets-73908521377 Artificial Intelligence can drive cars, create music, recognize objects, find a new solar system, discover a hominid species, and trounce anyone in a game of Go. Reports of the limits have been exaggerated by some and underestimated by others, and we do not know what the future holds and what AI might be capable of. Might it be possible for AI enjoy conscious experiences? Or even feel real love? Many physicalists claim that unconscious matter, with proper complexity, ignites consciousness, but there is yet to be a scientific theory—or even a remotely plausible idea—about how this might happen. Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman proposes a new theory framework for understanding the mystery of consciousness and how it relates to AI. He argues, using evolutionary game theory, that brain activity cannot cause our conscious experiences or our behaviors, and asks the radical question: Can we rejig our spacetime interface to open new portals into the preexisting realm of conscious agents? On Wednesday, October 23rd, Donald will present his theory of consciousness to the CoHack community and discuss how it might be used to solve some of the open problems in the fields of consciousness studies and AI. Following his talk, there will be a period of breakout sessions to drop in deeper with Donald and the community to share and discuss your own ideas on these mind-expanding topics. --- Donald Hoffman, Ph.D, is a cognitive scientist and author of more than 90 scientific papers and three books, including Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See (W.W. Norton, 2000). He received his BA from UCLA in Quantitative Psychology and his Ph.D. from MIT in Computational Psychology. He joined the faculty of UC Irvine in 1983, where he is now a full professor in the cognitive science department. He received a Distinguished Scientific Award of the American Psychological Association for early career research into visual perception, the Troland Research Award of the US National Academy of Sciences for his research on the relationship of consciousness and the physical world, and the Rustum Roy Award of the Chopra Foundation. Learn more about Donald at: http://www.cogsci.uci.edu/~ddhoff/ and check out his TED Talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/donald_hoffman_do_we_see_reality_as_it_is --- EVENT SCHEDULE: 6:30pm: Arrive and mingle 7:00pm: Welcome, meditation and connection activity 7:15pm: Donald Hoffman 8:15pm: Breakout Sessions 9:15pm: Closing --- Do you love Consciousness Hacking? Want free entry to events? BECOME A MEMBER! Membership gives us the ongoing support we need to keep Consciousness Hacking going strong! Plus, members get free admission to one CH event per month! Membership is just $10 per month, and If you buy a year of membership upfront, we'll give you two months (that's two events) for free! Become a member here: https://www.joinit.org/o/ch Current members: Please register using the discount code emailed to you! Want to volunteer at this event? Email Josh at [masked] for more info. No one turned away for lack of funds. Photographs and video containing your image may be published by Consciousness Hacking without explicit permission. **Refunds only available via Eventbrite 7 days or more before the event! You can sell/transfer tickets to friends at face value**
GET YOUR TICKETS HERE: https://holiversary2019.eventbrite.com/ December is a very special time of year not just for the Holidays, but because its the month in which Consciousness Hacking was born! So we love to celebrate the occasion with our epic Winter Party, and we've decided to bring back the original name of HOLIVERSARY - Holiday Party + Anniversary! Every one of our Winter and Summer Parties have sold out with over 400 of the most passionate minds in the conscious community coming together for an amazing night of food, drink, dancing, connection, and so much more. The Holiversary will feature: - Cutting edge transformative technology demos - Meditation Competition with Muse brain-sensing headbands - Silent disco dance party - Facilitated connection games - Beer, wine, tea, and other mood-enhancing elixirs - Free delicious healthy snacks And much much more! All proceeds go toward making Consciousness Hacking even better in SF and globally! We hope to see you there! Want 25% off your ticket price? BECOME A MEMBER! Membership gives us the ongoing support we need to keep Consciousness Hacking going strong! In addition to 25% off the Winter Party, members get free admission to one regular CH event per month! Membership is just $10 per month, and If you buy a year of membership upfront, we'll give you two months (that's two events) for free! Become a member here: https://www.joinit.org/o/ch Current members: Please register using the discount code emailed to you! Questions? Comments? Concerns? Email Josh at [masked] for more info. NO REFUNDS for this event, although you can pass tickets along to your friends! If we find you scalping tickets (we expect to sell out), you may experience deep karmic discomfort!