Dan Dennett, Michael Gazzaniga, and Marin Gazzaniga present Caught in the Pulpit

In this special event, part of SFI’s 2017 Community Lecture Series, actors present select scenes from Marin Gazzaniga’s play, followed by discussion with cognitive scientist and philosopher Dennett (an SFI external professor) and Michael S. Gazzaniga, a cognitive neuroscientist (and the playwright’s...

Michael Kearns on Machine Learning and Social Norms

Kearns is a professor in the Computer and Information Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania, where he holds the National Center Chair. He has secondary appointments in the Department of Economics, and in the departments of Statistics and Operations, Information, and Decisions in the Wharton...

Consciousness in Biological and Artificial Brains

Christof Koch is a physicist turned neurobiologist who is president and chief scientific officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle. His most recent book, Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist, summarizes the modern science of consciousness.

The Unlikely Power of Uncertainty and Contradiction

Math is often thought of as a discipline of certainty and consistency — of black and white, zeroes and ones. But in reality, mathematics is full of uncertainty and contradiction. In this talk, mathematician and author Jordan Ellenberg discusses how this gray area provides us with powerful tools...

Ulam Lectures 2017 - Seth Lloyd - Collapse and Re-birth

The Information Edge: Creation and Destruction in Life, the Economy, and the Universe SFI’s popular Ulam Lecture Series -- now in its 24th year – features two talks that explore the Information Edge, the principle underlying both the creation and destruction of our universe’s complex...

Ulam Lectures 2017 - Seth Lloyd - Birth

The Information Edge: Creation and Destruction in Life, the Economy, and the Universe SFI’s popular Ulam Lecture Series -- now in its 24th year – features two talks that explore the Information Edge, the principle underlying both the creation and destruction of our universe’s complex...

Surprises at the Intersection of Human Emotion and Wearable Tech

How will our future computers, robots and smartphones get the emotional intelligence they need to be truly useful? This talk highlights the adventures behind some of the world's first technologies that recognize human emotion. Researcher and author Rosalind W. Picard will share surprises from her...

The Language Hoax

The language we speak shapes how we experience life, creating a world view based on its vocabulary and grammar…right? Not so, says John McWhorter. Drawing from the scientific literature, McWhorter explains how this widely-held belief is not only false, it leads to dangerous assumptions about cultures...

Welcome and Overview

2016 Santa Fe Institute Annual Science Board Symposium Data Futures and Funding Futures: Shifting Landscapes

Lightning Research Talks

2016 Santa Fe Institute Annual Science Board Symposium Data Futures and Funding Futures: Shifting Landscapes

Flash Talk

2016 Santa Fe Institute Annual Science Board Symposium Data Futures and Funding Futures: Shifting Landscapes

The Complexity and New Challenges of Research Funding

2016 Santa Fe Institute Annual Science Board Symposium Data Futures and Funding Futures: Shifting Landscapes

Function in an Abiotic World

2016 Santa Fe Institute Annual Science Board Symposium Data Futures and Funding Futures: Shifting Landscapes

The Theory That’s Missing from Big Data: Beyond the Hype

2016 Santa Fe Institute Annual Science Board Symposium Data Futures and Funding Futures: Shifting Landscapes

Flash Talk

2016 Santa Fe Institute Annual Science Board Symposium Data Futures and Funding Futures: Shifting Landscapes

Lightning Research Talks

2016 Santa Fe Institute Annual Science Board Symposium Data Futures and Funding Futures: Shifting Landscapes

History of Graffiti: Coast to Coast

2016 Santa Fe Institute Annual Science Board Symposium Data Futures and Funding Futures: Shifting Landscapes

Emerging Diseases, Deadly Lessons

It has been more than two years since confirmation of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in West Africa. Now, with the end of the outbreak in sight, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from the experience. The global impact of that epidemic, and recent outbreaks of SARS and influenza,...

Smart Machines…and What They Can Still Learn from People

For nearly half a century, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been more science fiction than science: exciting, possible, but just out of reach. And despite significant advances, "strong AI" in many ways remains elusive. Best-selling author and entrepreneur Gary Marcus provides a cognitive scientist's...

Four the hard way: Computer design and living software

Traditional digital computers are deterministic, synchronous, centralized, and bounded—simplifying assumptions that interlock to resist fundamental change, even though their collective results are incurring growing scale and security liabilities in the modern world. "Indefinitely scalable...