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Mon 18 Feb 2008, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Engineering Lecture Theatre 1.439, 20 Symonds Street, Auckland CBD

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  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Emma Timewell

Modern cognitive science is providing increasingly powerful models of the mind, but can it account for such seemingly non-computational ideas as emotion or companionship? Professor Boden will discuss what it might take to make a computer serve as a meaningful human companion.

Margaret A Boden is Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex. She is a member of the Academia Europaea, a Fellow (and past Vice-President) of the British Academy, a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, and a past Chairman of Council of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. She holds degrees in medical sciences, philosophy, and psychology (including a Cambridge ScD and a Harvard PhD), and three honorary Doctorates (from Sussex, Bristol, and the Open University). In the New Year Honours list of 2002 she was awarded an OBE "for services to cognitive science."

Her writing has been translated into 20 foreign languages, and she has given lectures, and media-interviews, across North and South America, Europe, India, the USSR, and the Pacific. Her latest books are "The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms" (2nd edn, expanded, Routledge: 2003) and "Mind As Machine: A History of Cognitive Science" (Oxford University Press: 2006). She has two children and four grandchildren, and lives in Brighton.

Professor Boden is a Hood Fellow, sponsored by the Lion Foundation, and hosted by The University of Auckland’s Departments of Philosophy and Psychology, and the National Institute for Creative Arts and Industries.

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