Kinds of Intelligence 2.0: Machine Minds

19th-21st June 2019

Newnham College, Cambridge

Following the annual Margaret Boden Lecture by Daniel Dennett on 18th June

Organised by

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence


Call for Papers (Deadline Expired)

Notification by April 15th

Tickets now Available


Day 0: The Annual Margaret Boden Lecture

2019's annual Margaret Boden Lecture will be given by Daniel Dennett on the evening before the conference starts. Please see here for more details about the event and to register (it's free!). Tickets for the Kinds Of Intelligence conference will guarantee a seat at Daniel Dennett's lecture.




Day 1: Artificial consciousness in the age of deep learning

Day 1 is themed around the following questions related to the possible creation of artificial consciousness:

  • Is it possible to create machine consciousness? If so, should we, and how can this be regulated?
  • How will we know if or when we have artificial consciousness?
  • How does deep learning allow us to approach or understand consciousness differently?

Day 2: Generality and intelligence in animals and AI

Day 2 turns to the topic of generality and also the differences between animals and machines:

  • What is generality and could machines have it?
  • What are the trade-offs between generality and performance in animals and machines?
  • How can the common-sense knowledge of animals be encoded for use with AI? Does it need to be?

Day 3: Artificial Intelligence and intelligence augmentation

The final day of the conference looks at augmented intelligence and the way our minds may be changed by AI:

  • How will our understanding of minds change as they become more integrated with machines?
  • How are AI techniques used for cognitive enhancements now and in the near future?
  • How do we best navigate the benefits and risks associated with augmented intelligence?

Invited Speakers


Daniel Dennett

Daniel Dennett

Day 0
Margaret Boden Lecture Series, Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University

Eva Jablonka

Eva Jablonka

Day 1
Professor of History of Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University

Thomas Metzinger

Thomas Metzinger

Day 1
Professor of Theoretical Philosophy, University of Mainz

Claire Sergent

Claire Sergent

Day 1
Associate Professor, Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, Paris Descartes University

Anil Seth

Anil Seth

Day 1
Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience, University of Sussex

Raymond Tallis

Raymond Tallis

Day 1
Professor, Philosopher, Poet, Novelist, and retired physician and clinical scientist

Cameron Buckner

Cameron Buckner

Day 2
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Houston

Shakir Mohamed

Shakir Mohamed

Day 2
Research Scientist in Statistical Machine Learning and AI, DeepMind

Laura Schulz

Laura Schulz

Day 2
Professor of Cognitive Science, The Early Childhood Cognition Lab, MIT

Brian Cantwell Smith

Brian Cantwell Smith

Day 2
Reid Hoffman Professor of Artificial Intelligence and the Human, University of Toronto

Elisabetta  Versace

Elisabetta Versace

Day 2
Lecturer in Psychology, Queen Mary University of London

Thomas Bohne

Thomas Bohne

Day 3
Senior Research Associate in Strategic Technology and Innovation Management, University of Cambridge

Marcello Ienca

Marcello Ienca

Day 3
Professor of Bioethics, ETH Zurich

Tamar Makin

Tamar Makin

Day 3
Head of the London plasticity lab
University College London

Barbara Sahakian

Barbara Sahakian

Day 3
Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Cambridge

Anders Sandberg

Anders Sandberg

Day 3
James Martin Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford


More details (including schedule) to come


Organised and supported by


Leverhulme CFI

University of Cambridge
Imperial College London