Past Events

October 5, 2017: Debate, “Does AI Need More Innate Machinery?

Yann LeCun (Data Science, NYU; Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research)
Gary Marcus (Psychology, NYU; Founder, Geometric Intelligence)

Thursday, October 5, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Tishman Auditorium, NYU School of Law

April 17, 2017: Debate, “Is There Unconscious Perception?


Ned Block (NYU, Philosophy)
Marisa Carrasco (NYU, Psychology)
Hakwan Lau (UCLA, Psychology)
Megan Peters (UCLA, Psychology)
Ian Phillips (Oxford, Philosophy)

Monday, April 17th, 5:00-7:00pm
Silver Center (31 Washington Place), Jurow Hall.

October 14-15, 2016: Conference, “The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
Co-sponsored with the NYU Center for Bioethics
Link to Video
Hashtag: #ethicsofAI

Speakers and panelists :
Peter Asaro (The New School, Media Studies), John Basl (Northeastern University, Philosophy), Nick Bostrom (University of Oxford, Future of Humanity Institute), Meia Chita-Tegmark (Future of Life Institute), Kate Devlin (Goldsmiths College, University of London, Computer Science), Vasant Dhar (NYU Data Science, Stern), Virginia Dignum (Delft University of Technology, Technology, Policy and Management), Mara Garza (UC Riverside, Philosophy), Daniel Kahneman (Princeton, Psychology), Adam Kolber (Brooklyn Law), Yann LeCun (Facebook, NYU Data Science), S. Matthew Liao (NYU, Bioethics), Gary Marcus (NYU, Psychology), Steve Petersen (Niagara University, Philosophy), Francesca Rossi (IBM, University of Padova), Stuart Russell (UC Berkeley, Computer Science), Ronald Sandler (Northeastern University, Philosophy), Jürgen Schmidhuber (IDSIA, AI), Susan Schneider (University of Connecticut, Philosophy), Eric Schwitzgebel (UC Riverside, Philosophy), Jaan Tallinn (CSER), Max Tegmark (Future of Life Institute), Wendell Wallach (Yale, Bioethics), Stephen Wolfram (Wolfram Research), and Eliezer Yudkowsky (Machine Intelligence Research Institute).
Kimmel Center and Cantor Theater, NYU

September 29, 2016: Debate, “Do Replication Projects Cast Doubt On Many Published Studies in Psychology?
Brian Nosek (University of Virginia),
Jason Mitchell (Harvard University)
Thursday, September 29, 2016 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Room 802, Kimmel Center, NYU

February 4, 2016: Debate, “Are There Innate Concepts?

Susan Carey (Harvard) and Jesse Prinz (CUNY)
Jurow Hall, NYU Silver Center

December 10. 2015: Debate, “Can Neuroscience Help Us Understand Art?

Gabrielle Starr (NYU) and Alva Noë (UC Berkeley)
Casa Italiana, 24 W 12th St

December 4 & 5, 2015: Conference,Is the Brain Bayesian?

Hilary Barth (Wesleyan), Jeffrey Bowers (Bristol), David Danks (Carnegie Mellon), Ernest Davis (NYU), Karl Friston (University College London), Wei Ji Ma (NYU), Larry Maloney (NYU), Eric Mandelbaum (CUNY), Gary Marcus (NYU), John Morrison (Barnard/Columbia), Nicoletta Orlandi (UC Santa Cruz), Michael Rescorla (UC Santa Barbara), Laura Schulz (MIT), Susanna Siegel (Harvard), Eero Simoncelli (NYU), Joshua Tenenbaum (MIT) and others
Kimmel Center and Hemmerdinger Hall, NYU

September 24, 2015: Debate, “Do Mirror Neurons Explain Anything?

Vittorio Gallese (Universita di Parma) and Gregory Hickok (UC Irvine)
Kimmel Center Room 914

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March 27, 2015: Debate, “Do Psychology and Neuroscience have Moral Implications?

Joshua Greene (Harvard, Psychology) and Elizabeth Harman (Princeton, Philosophy)
5 Washington Place, Room 101, NYU

December 4, 2014: Debate, “Does Cognition Affect Perception?”

Gary Lupyan (Wisconsin) and Brian Scholl (Yale)
5 Washington Place, Room 202, NYU

October 24 & 25, 2014: Workshop, “Measuring Borderline States of Consciousness

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Bioethics
Tim Bayne (The University of Manchester), Heather Berlin (Mount Sinai Hospital), Melanie Boly (University of Wisconsin), Joseph Fins (Weill Cornell Medical College), L. Syd Johnson (Michigan Technological University), Steven Laureys (Belgian National Fund of Scientific Research), Marcello Massimini (University of Milan), Lionel Naccache (Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière), Adrian Owen (Western University), Alexander Proeket (Weill Cornell Medical College), Harry Scheinin, (University of Turku), Nicholas Schiff (Weill Cornell Medical College).
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center,
53 Washington Square South, 1st Floor Auditorium, NYU

December 6 & 7, 2013: Workshop, “The Brain Mapping Initiatives: Foundational Issues

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Bioethics
Cori Bargmann (Rockefeller University), Patricia Churchland (UC San Diego), Nita Farahany (Duke University), Sean Hill (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne), Gary Marcus (NYU), Anthony Movshon (NYU), Anders Sandberg (Oxford University), Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke University), Felipe De Brigard (Duke University), Rafael Yuste (Columbia University), Anthony Zador (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories)
Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, NYU

December 2, 2012: Workshop, “The Modularity of Perception

Susanna Siegel (Philosophy, Harvard), Sally Linkenauger (Psychology, Max-Planck-Institut for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen), Alvin Goldman (Philosophy, Rutgers), David Bennett (Philosophy, Brown), Chaz Firestone (Psychology, Yale), Brian Scholl (Psychology, Yale), James Brockmole (Psychology, Notre Dame), Emily Balcetis (Psycholgy, NYU), Frank Durgin, (Psychology, Swarthmore), Eric Mandelbaum (Philosophy, Harvard)
5 Washington Place, Room 101, NYU

November 6, 2012: Lecture, “Why Children are Better Learners than Adults Are: Search, Temperature and the Origins of Human Cognition

Alison Gopnik (Berkeley)
5 Washington Place, Room 202

October 24, 2012: Lecture, “Consciousness as Integrated Information

Giulio Tononi (Wisconsin)
12 Waverly Place, Room G08