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HBMF 2022 | Noam Chomsky & Jeffrey Watumull: Life, Information, Language, Intelligence

Thursday October 27, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

On Thursday, October 27th at 4:00pm Hawaii Time, Oceanit’s Chief Philosophy Officer and Director of AI, Jeffrey Watumull will be joined by Dr. Noam Chomsky to discuss their forthcoming book, Life, Information, Language, Intelligence.

What is Life? What is Intelligence? These questions animated ancient philosophy, and in our time reanimate philosophic and scientific creativity to discover their answers in the modern context of astrobiology, artificial life, and artificial intelligence: Are we alone? Can machines think? Chomsky and Watumull present four fundamental conjectures contending that these questions can be answered in a grand unified explanatory theory.

Register at the HBMF event website link below. This session is part of the Hawaii Book & Music Festival 2022, this special innovation session is titled: Innovation – Noam Chomsky and Jeffrey Watumull – Life, Information, Language, Intelligence

Regarded as the founder of modern linguistics and philosophy, Dr. Chomsky is one of the most cited scholars in modern history, whose more than 100 groundbreaking books have revolutionized our understanding of language and the mind. The impact of his work extends to cognitive neuroscience, evolutionary biology, mathematics, computer science, anthropology, and education. In parallel, as one of the most influential public intellectuals in the world, his critical analyses of public and private power have inspired many for more than half a century. Dr. Chomsky served as Institute Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT from 1955 to 2017, when he joined the University of Arizona as Laureate Professor of Linguistics and the Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in Environment and Social Justice.

Dr. Jeffrey Watumull is Chief Philosophy Officer and Director of AI at Oceanit, where he endeavors to
create human-style AI and discover whether its principles obtain in extralinguistic domains (e.g., physics,
biology). He is also an affiliated professor at the University of Cambridge and cofounder of the Cambridge Institute for Exo-Language. Watumull was trained at Cambridge, MIT, Oxford, and Harvard.