2 Talks about Creativity at the 2019 Science Festival in Gothenburg

Leif Peter Mikael Österberg

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Last week I participated in the International Science Festival in Gothenburg with to talks. The conference theme was Astonishing thought:

Intelligence, abstract thought and the ability to reflect on our own existence are the qualities that make us human and for a long time have been considered unique to our species. This year’s International Science Festival in Gothenburg looks at what happens in our brains when we think: the invisible but magical processes that occur as pieces fall into place, doors are opened, insights arise and we experience the feeling of self. It’s about how our identity and personality are rooted in our thoughts, but at the same time we are ingenious machines that can work out how to build houses and machines, understand the cosmos and save lives, and come up with the most imaginative and creative ideas. So what happens when we transfer the thinking process to machines and robots, and the I is no longer always human? What happens if the machines become more intelligent than we are? Are we standing at the dawn of a golden era or are we approaching the last outpost of humanity? This year we investigate astonishing thought and the importance of technology for human development.

The human mind, which is what the brain does, is an astonishing phenomenon, where interactions between declarative and non-declarative knowledge structures operates our memory, perception, and prospection. The latter means playing with imagery for a future no one's knows especially much about.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPeter Österberg, PhD blog
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2019
MoE publication typeNot Eligible

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