ALIFE 2023 Public Event

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ALIFE 2023 Special Public Talk

“Life and Consciousness, Artificial and Natural”

Ted Chiang (Science fiction writer) x Anil Seth (Neuroscientist; University of Sussex)

Moderator: Susan Stepney (Computer scientist; University of York, UK)

Ted Chiang and Anil Seth, keynote speakers at the International Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE) 2023 held in Sapporo, will deliver a special talk on ‘consciousness and life’ specifically for the general public.

Moderator: Susan Stepney (Computer scientist; University of York, UK)

Date: July 28, 2023 (Fri) 15:50-16:50 UTC+9
Language: English (You can choose to display automatic subtitles using Zoom’s feature.)
Admission: No fees required for online participation. Pre-registration required.

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Ted Chiang (Science fiction writer)

Ted Chiang’s fiction has won four Hugo, four Nebula, and six Locus awards, and has been featured in The Best American Short Stories. His collections Stories of Your Life and Others (2016) and Exhalation (2019) have been translated into over twenty languages. He was born in Port Jefferson, New York, and currently lives near Seattle, Washington. His novella “Story of Your Life” was the basis for Denis Villeneuve’s Oscar-nominated film Arrival starring Amy Adams. His collaboration with the artists Allora and Calzadilla, “The Great Silence,” is part of the permanent collection at Rome’s National Museum of 21st Century Art.

Anil Seth (University of Sussex)

Anil Seth is a neuroscientist and author who has pioneered research into the brain basis of consciousness for more than 20 years, He is a Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at University of Sussex, Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Program on Brain, Mind and Consciousness, a European Research Council Advanced Investigator, Editor-in-Chief of Neuroscience of Consciousness, and a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher since 2019. His research interests include computational neurophenomenology, measuring emergence, mapping the diversity of perceptual experiences, and investigating stroboscopically-induced visual hallucinations. His TED talk has been viewed more than thirteen million times, and his book Being You was a Sunday Times Bestseller and a Book of the Year for The Economist, The New Statesman, Bloomberg Business, The Guardian, and The Financial Times. He is lead scientist on the art-science programme Dreamachine. Find out more at and follow him @anilkseth.

Susan Stepney (University of York)

Susan Stepney is Professor of Computer Science at the University of York, where she leads the Non-Standard Computing research group. Her research interests include in materio computing (computing in non-traditional materials) and open-ended evolution (how to understand and build systems that continually create novelty). She is also an avid science fiction reader.