Saturday, April 7, 2018

Plenary 14 (PL14)

2:30 pm - 4:40 pm 

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Consciousness                

Paul Werbos, National Science Foundation            

David Hanson, Hanson Robotics 

Julia Mossbridge, IONS  

Sophia the Humanoid Hanson Robot



Julia Mossbridge, MA, PhD

Innovation Lab Director, Institute of Noetic Sciences

Science Director, FocusAtWill Labs

Visiting Scholar, Department of Psychology, Northwestern University

Associated Professor, Integral and Transpersonal Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies




Dr. Mossbridge is the Director of the Innovation Lab at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a Visiting Scholar in the Psychology Department  at Northwestern University, and the Lead Robot Psychologist at Hanson Robotics. Her focus is on teaching and learning about love and time. She is currently engaged in three love-centered projects:  1) LOVING AIs, a project designed to bring unconditional love into artificial intelligence (especially artificial general intelligence), 2) a project in which she is examining whether hypnosis can be used to induce a state of unconditional love, and  3) The Calling, her current book project about how love gets translated into life purpose. Dr. Mossbridge's interest in how time is perceived by unconscious and conscious processes has led her to examine aspects of both cognitive and perceptual timing (e.g., order effects on reading comprehension, perceptual integration across senses) as well as controversial reverse-temporal effects). She is the 2014 winner of the Charles Honorton Integrative Contributions award for this work. She is currently working on a mainstream book, The Premonition Code, related to this work. Julia's Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders is from Northwestern University, her M.A. in Neuroscience is from the University of California at San Francisco, and she received her B.A. with highest honors in neuroscience from Oberlin College. She invented and patented Choice Compass, a physiologically based decision-making app, and is also the co-author, with Imants Baruss, of Transcendent Mind: Re-thinking the Science of Consciousness (APA Books, 2016).