Keynote Address


The Contingent Brain
25 Jul (Fri) 2 - 3.30pm
National University of Singapore
Engineering Auditorium

In this talk, Ken Mogi will discuss how the origin of human creativity is a way of adapting to a world full of contingencies. The physical origin of the phenomenal qualities of our experience (Qualia), the nature of cortical networks related to emotion supporting our decisions and choices, and the principles of embodied intelligence will also be discussed. 

Ken Mogi is a senior researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratories, and a visiting professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He got his Ph.D in Physics from University of Tokyo in 1992. Since then, he has been conducting research on brain function in Riken (The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research) in Japan, and the University of Cambridge in U.K. He has been the conceptor of the Qualia movement in Sony Corporation. He currently hosts a T.V. program (The Professionals) on Japanese national television station, NHK. 

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Air Dynamics
26 Jul (Sat) 6 - 7.30pm
National University of Singapore
Engineering Auditorium

The National University of Singapore sponsored ISEA’s Artist In
Residence programme. What does this mean for Singapore, that its premier university funded these artists? This generates a new kind of dynamics for NUS and for Singapore. In this keynote, Sam Furukawa will discuss how the artist can work with society and corporations. In today’s world, how can artists work together with corporations to obtain funding, yet create meaningful and innovative art? He will speak about how Japan became an exporter of art and culture and what this means for Asian countries and the world. .

Susumu ‘Sam’ Furukawa was born in Tokyo in 1954. He studied at the Faculty of Human Studies, Wako University, but left to join Ascii Media Works Inc. in 1979, to build their publishing and software development business. He served as director for four years prior to retirement in 1986. In 1986, Mr. Furukawa established Japan Microsoft Corporation. He has served in numerous positions at Microsoft Japan, including President in 1991, CEO and Director of Far Eastern Development Department for Microsoft USA, Vice President, and in 2004, as the Chief Technical Officer. In June 2006, he joined Keio University as Professor with the Digital Media Contents Global Research Lab, after resigning from Microsoft in 2005. He is currently a Professor with the Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University.

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The Proper (and Essential) Place for Copyright
27 Jul (Sun) 3.30 - 5pm
Nanyang Technological University
School of Art, Design and Media Auditorium

In this lecture, Professor Lessig will outline the proper scope and limits for copyright, emphasizing its critical importance in some fields of creative enterprise, and its hinderance to others.

Lawrence Lessig is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the school's Center for Internet and Society. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, he was the Berkman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and a Professor at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. For much of his career, Professor Lessig focused on law and technology, especially as it affects copyright. He represented website operator Eric Eldred in the ground-breaking case Eldred v. Ashcroft, a challenge to the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. His current academic work addresses a kind of ‘corruption’. He has won numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation's Freedom Award, and was named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries, for arguing “against interpretations of copyright that could stifle innovation and discourse online.” Professor Lessig is the author of Code v2 (2007), Free Culture (2004), The Future of Ideas (2001) and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace (1999). He is CEO of the Creative Commons project, and is on the board of MAPLight and the Sunlight Foundation. He has served on the board of the Free Software Foundation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Public Library of Science, and Public Knowledge. He was also a columnist for Wired, Red Herring, and the Industry Standard. Professor Lessig earned a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale. Professor Lessig teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, contracts, and the law of cyberspace.

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