Great interest in the Mysteries of the Mind

Kári Stefánsson, Kristinn R. Thórisson, Ellý Katrín Guðmundsdóttir and Magnús Karl Magnússon. Photo from DeCODE’s web page.

Thought – does it define man? – an open meeting held at DeCODE Genetics last Wednesday the 29th of March was a great success with over 560 attendees.

IIIM director Kristinn R. Thórisson was one of three lectures and held an errand on Understanding and Intelligence in Humans and Robots. The entire errand can be watched here.

Due to the extremely good attendance the lectures had to be broadcast in two additional halls at DeCODE genetics headquarters.

Beyond Economy

IIIM scientist Dr. Jacky Mallett will speak at a TED event this evening, the 23rd of March, about the economic system and her economic simulation – Threadneedle – focusing on a Construction loan experiment.

Dr. Mallett will be joined by speakers  Arnar Sigurdsson – one of the founders of Karolina Fund, Hlynur Þór Björnsson – industrial engineer, Gunnar Stefansson -professor of statistics at the University of Iceland  and Anna Helga Jónsdóttir – adjunct lecturer in statistics at the University of Iceland.

The current economic system, we are told, is failing. Looking at the underlying assumptions behind it will lead to the following questions: What do we ultimately value in our society and how? Having that in mind, how can we move towards valuing different things or, differently valuing the same things? Are these things changing their identity because of the value we attribute to them.

TEDxReykjavík is hosting the event at Prepp Restaurant, Rauðarárstíg 8. All the lectures wil be in English. See more information on the faceboook event. Note that there is a limited number of tickets for the event.


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AI is making its inroads into numerous startups, some of which make AI their main foundation, others leveraging the unique possibilities that AI opens up and would be impossible without it. We are at the brink of a new industrial revolution centering on automation of information processes. With practically endless opportunities, startups in the Nordic countries are taking notice.

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