Sep 16 – 19, 2021
Europe/Zurich timezone
There is a live webcast for this event.

Your Contribution

SPARKS! 2021 – Future Intelligence

At the heart of Sparks! Forum is the idea that we can kindle spontaneous discussions in a deliberately informal setting – it’s even in the tagline. To achieve this, we will be moving away from the traditional conference format and are inviting you to spend the day indulging in in-depth discussions. We’ve brought together so many brilliant minds, we want you to take full advantage of the multitude of rich and divergent perspectives while we’re all in the same space. Get ready to collaborate, agree to disagree, learn and unlearn together. How do you imagine Future intelligence? What is on the horizon for Artificial Intelligence? 

What are we asking you to do now

In order for you to have an overview of the knowledge available in the room, we ask that you provide your thinking on 3-4 of our 7 themes for the Forum. While of course you have specific expertise in your own field of AI, we want to have your thoughts on other areas too. No need for academic or formal writing here - feel free to write down any additional questions that these themes trigger, add references or be provocative! We’re aiming to have all inputs submitted by the end of July so that we have time to compile and circulate a summary of the answers before the Forum.

What – text document, 3-4 themes amongst the 7 shown below
Length – around 500 characters per answer and up to a page in total
Tone – informal, think Wired or Harvard Business Review articles in style
When – end July at the latest 


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1) STRONG AI - From pattern recognition on steroids towards strong AI: what would self-awareness without a theory of mind look like? 

2) CONSTRUCTING AI: what are the missing building 

3) BREAKING OUT OF THE RUT: what is needed for an introspective AI system ? 

4) GOOD OR EVIL: ethics and fairness in today’s research, who makes the rules? 

5) SPARKING CURIOSITY: From pattern recognition to artificial curiosity: how can AI learn to ask questions and perhaps even make a real contribution to science? 

6) REWRITING THE WORLD: who’s in charge of reshaping our social structures? 

7) SPARKING CREATIVITY: how can an AI learn how to think outside the box?