AI Art & Aesthetics Symposium at OIST, Nov. 25, 26

Hi everyone,

Our "Artificial Intelligence Art and Aesthetics Exhibition," the world's first exhibition that comprehensively features art and artificial intelligence across diverse formats, is now going on at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) with great popularity.

- The 10th AI Art & Aesthetics Research Meeting [Symposium 02]
"Meaning/Meaningless and the Language"
Nov 25 (Sat), 2017, 14:00-19:30 (+ After Party)
OIST Seminar Room B250 / Admission free
Panelists: Naoyuki Sato, Michael Spranger, Hitoshi Matsubara
Moderators: Kenji Doya (OIST), Hideki Nakazawa (AIAARG)
* Open Discussion will follow the lectures.
* Recorded videos will be released.

"Neural mechanisms of context and memory for generating 'meanings'"
Naoyuki Sato (Prefessor of Department of Complex and Intelligent Systems of Future University Hakodate)
Neocortex is thought as a classifier of the environmental features and that produces the basis of our semantic processing. On the other hand, more importantly, the semantic processing is drastically modulated by its contexts. To understand neural mechanisms of such context-based processing, the hippocampus is thought as a key brain region that is known to maintain the context and memory for environments, events and their sequences. In this talk, neural representation and computation of the contexts in the hippocampus are discussed and our recent studies associated with language-based contexts, which are essential for understanding of our semantic processing, are introduced.

"Autonomous meaning creation. Can robots create their own language?"
Michael Spranger (Artist and Reseacher at Sony Computer Science Laboratories Inc.)
The talk will review and discuss recent research that tries to identify computational mechanisms and representations that allow embodied agents (robots) to autonomously develop meaning and communication systems. The autonomously developed communication systems share important properties of human language such as compositionality, open-endedness and the need for inference. Through experiments with robots in the real world and in simulation, we explore the role of embodiment in communication. We are particularly interested in mechanisms that allow agents to not only develop communication systems but allow robots to choose and develop the conceptualization strategies for developing communication systems - a key feature of Natural Language evolution. The talk will discuss both recent research trends, as well as attempts at artistic exploration of the subject of autonomous meaning creation.
* (IV) "Language Games" (19) Level B, Center Bldg.

"What is 'meaning' for computers?"
Hitoshi Matsubara (Vice-president and a professor of Department of Complex and Intelligent Systems of Future University Hakodate, Former president of Japanses Society for Artificial Intelligence)
Natural language processing technology, one of key areas of artificial intelligence, has advanced considerably by using machine learning techniques. Computers can write some novels and solve some problems of entrance examinations. Humans seem to understand the meaning (as it is) when writing novels and solving problems, but computers do not understand the meaning "for humans" now. In order to make understand the meaning, it is necessary for computers to solve "symbol ground problem". Grounding of entities and symbols for human beings and for computers are different, so the meaning for human beings and the meaning to computer are considered to be different. Maybe computers already understand their meaning, it may just be impossible for humans to understand the meaning for computers.
* (III) Sato-Matsuzaki Lab. Nagoya University "Kimagure AI project I am a writer" (21) Level B, Center Bldg.

- The 11th AI Art & Aesthetics Research Meeting [Symposium 03]
"Future AI"
Nov 26 (Sun), 2017, 14:00-19:30 (+ After Party)
OIST Seminar Room B250 / Admission free
Panelists: Koichi Takahashi, Hideki Nakazawa, Rolf Pfeifer
Moderators: Kenji Doya (OIST), Hideki Nakazawa (AIAARG)
* Open Discussion will follow the lectures.
* Recorded videos will be released.

"How we shall reinvent ourselves"
Koichi Takahashi (Principal Investigator, RIKEN. Vice-chair, The Whole Brain Architecture Initiative)
I will discuss technological singularity and post-singularity civilization, especially putting emphases on what we could learn from the history and nature of humanity. The eastern view of the universe, that most prominently exemplified by esoteric buddhists' mandalas, can play a role in developing robust ecosystem involving machines, humanity, and post-humans.

"The Route to 'Machine Aesthetics / Machine Art'"
Hideki Nakazawa (Artist, Founder and Representative of Artificial Intelligence Art and Aesthetics Research Group)
If human gives a goal, artificial intelligence program works well. The swing robot creates more than human beings in just over a dozen minutes and the battle between AI Go is a fight of God beyond human understanding. So if a human gives human aesthetics as an obvious goal, artificial intelligence creates art. This is "Human Aesthetics / Machine Art." However, human aesthetics are not trivial, for example, the Eiffel Tower made by machine calculation was initially criticized by artists for not being aesthetic. Such "Machine Aesthetics / Human Art" will arrive at the "art for art's sake" that aimed at art itself. Well today, artificial intelligence cannot find its own goal. But if this premise breaks down, artificial intelligence can make art aimed at machine aesthetics. If this arrives at "art for art's sake," "Machine Aesthetics / Machine Art" beyond human understanding will emerge.
* (IV) "Manifesto of Artificial Intelligence Art and Aesthetics" (8) Tunnel Gallery.
* (II) "Go Stone Arrangement Painting No. 1: 35 by 35," "No. 2," "No. 3" (15) Level B, Center Bldg.

"Living with robots - Coping with the 'Robot/AI Hype'"
Rolf Pfeifer (Dr. sc. techn. ETH Prof. em. University of Zurich, Switzerland Dept. of Automation, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China Scientific Consultant: "Living with Robots" Ltd.)
Artificial Intelligence or AI has a history of hypes. I will argue that for a number of years, there been and there still is a huge robotic/AI hype and that we are facing a big danger that the bubble will burst if we - engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs - don't manage to deliver on the promises. And we must design and build robots that do have useful sensory-motor functionality that goes beyond merely talking andsmiling. Although robots have been around for more than half a century, the term has acquired an entirely new quality since robots, roughly 25 years ago, started leaving the factory floors moving into our own living space.

- Nancarrow's Piano Roll Player Demonstration
After the concert on Nov 5, the player piano is exhibited at elevator hall. A demonstration of Nancarrow's Piano Roll Player is held at the place during the exhibition. * 12:30pm, every day (except Dec 2, 9, 13-17)

- Gallery Talk
Members of AI Art and Aesthetic Research Group hold gallery talks during the exhibition.
* Start at 12:30pm, Nov 24 (Fri) from elevator hall (in Japanese)
* Start at 12:30pm, Dec 1 (Fri) from elevator hall (in English)

Witness the exhibition and the events.

Artificial Intelligence Art and Aesthetic Research Group (AIAARG)
Representative: Hideki Nakazawa
Organizer: Mika Kusakari

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