Complexity Explorer Santa Few Institute

May 2020 Newsletter

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22 May 2020
Artificial Intelligence Artificial Life Origins of Life Computation Complex Systems

Hi Complexity Explorers, 

How are you all doing? Looking for something new to learn? Good news, we just launched a new tutorial in our lecture series on artificial intelligence.

Lecture: Artificial Intelligence


About the tutorial

An overview of where Artificial Intelligence (AI) research is today, with Dr. Melanie Mitchell. Participants will learn about the predictions for AI, past and present, and see where and why the reality is falling somewhat short. Participants will be introduced to current approaches in machine learning and what is missing for AIs to become "intelligent". Dr. Mitchell presented the lectures in this module in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.

In other exciting news...

Dr. Mitchell is preparing a full-length course on AI, based on her book Artificial Intelligence: A guide for thinking humans. The paperback edition of the book will be released in October 2020; the course will follow shortly thereafter.


Origins Of Life

Our origins of life course began last week, but it's not too late to join the cohort! Sign up now and make sure to join Dr. Sarah Maurer's first virtual office hours next week.


About the course

Taking a look at modern life we ask what it can tell us about the origin of life by winding the clock backwards. We explore what elements of modern life are absolutely essential for life, and ask what is arbitrary? We ponder how life arose from the huge chemical space and what this early 'living chemistry' may have looked like.

We examine phenomena, that may seem particularly life like, but are in fact likely to arise given physical dynamics alone. We analyze what physical concepts and laws bound the possibilities for life and its formation.

Insights gained from modern evolutionary theory will be applied to proto-life. Once life emerges, we consider how living systems impact the geosphere and evolve complexity. 



Would you join a Virtual Book Club? LET US KNOW > 

Coming Soon....

We are excited to announce the launch of a brand-new course launching this summer: Computation in Complex Systems with Professor Cris Moore

About the Course

This course explores computational theory, ranging from search algorithms and solution landscapes to BigO and reducibility. Importance is placed on measures of computational complexity, including P versus NP and -completeness. 

Stay tuned for the early registration announcement in your inbox soon.

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