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MIT150 Symposium: Brains, Minds and Machines

This three-day symposium through Thursday explores the mysterious realm of intelligence. The relationship between the mind and the brain, and the ability of machines to “think” is the backbone of a new Intelligence Initiative (I2) that will bridge faculty across all five schools at MIT.

The program begins the evening of May 3 with a keynote panel featuring Steven Pinker, Sydney Brenner, Noam Chomsky and Marvin Minsky.

On May 4, panel discussions will span the six main areas of intelligence research: vision, language, learning and genetics, action and navigation, social cognition and development, and integrative intelligence. An evening panel will explore future efforts to combine neuroscience, cognitive science, and computer science. The program closes on May 5 with a focus on the role of intelligent devices in research and the marketplace.

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