WinterLAB – Symposium on the Critical and Creative Use of Technology
Events hosted by: LABoral
November 23 - 28, 2020
Virtual Program, Gijón, Spain
Virtual WinterLab Program
Coinciding with the art, neuroscience and artificial intelligence exhibition When the Butterflies of the Soul Flutter Their Wings, this year’s winterLAB 2020 has organized a wide-ranging program of seminars, workshops and lectures online. From Monday 23rd through Saturday 28th, events will be held on LABoral's multi-user platform.
From an interdisciplinary angle, the different theoretical and practical contents will endeavour to introduce us to some of the expectations and questions that surround neuroscience and artificial intelligence. At the present moment in time, these two disciplines are perhaps the most controversial fields of research worldwide.
The main focus of this year’s winterLAB is neurons, or to put it more poetically, the butterflies of the soul. The term was first used by Santiago Ramón y Cajal, who referred to them as one of nature’s most delicate cells. He even wondered whether the fluttering of their wings may one day reveal the secret of the life of the mind.
Almost one century has passed since Cajal asked himself this question. Today, the revelation of this mystery has become one of the biggest challenges for the international science community. While some people try to decode the brain’s neuronal map from different fields of neuroscience, others are developing new artificial neuronal networks from mathematics and computation.
And it is precisely at the crossroads of the scientific advances focused on mapping our hardware (the brain) and artificial intelligence related with cognitive software (the mind), where the contents of this year’s winterLAB are located.
The programme has been organized in collaboration with the Artificial Intelligence Centre (AIC) and the Neuroscience Institute (INEUROPA) at the University of Oviedo.
The winterLAB activities are part of the European ARTificial Intelligence LAB, AILab, project co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union and the Government of the Principality of Asturias.
The didactic program and other initiatives related to interdisciplinary digital education carried out at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, are also included within the Creative Europe program Studiotopia. Science meets Art in the Anthropocene, another project co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union and the Government of the Principality of Asturias.
All the activities, including the exhibition, can be visited in-person at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial (Los Prados 121, Gijón). The exhibition, lectures, symposium and workshops can also be visited online, entering a 3D virtual environment through a Multiuser Platform, based on a videogames engine made with Unity and built for WebGL, which means that the audience can use their browser to join the exhibition without downloading apps.
16:00 - 17:00 Predictive Selfie with Data. The new challenges of interdisciplinary digital education
16:30 - 20:30 Post-disciplinary co-creation with AI, robotics, EEG and toothpicks.
Art, Neuroscience and AI workshop led by Emanuel Gollob.
12:00h - 13:00h Neuroconnections workshop – led by Daniel Canogar
16:00h - 18:00h 5th AINDACE Foundation Seminars on Brain Damage: Research and Innovation
18:00 - 18:40 Roundtable (in-person and streaming, with simultaneous translation Spanish/English)
Art, Neuroscience and Health
19:00 - 19:40 OPENING PRESENTATION
In-person and streaming / with simultaneous interpretation Spanish/English)
Art, Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence: When the Butterflies of the Soul Flutter Their Wings
20:00 - 20:45 Lecture (in-person and streaming, with simultaneous translation Spanish/English)
The Neurotechnological Revolution: Is it time for new human rights?
20:45 - 21:15 Roundtable (in-person and streaming, with simultaneous translation Spanish/English)
Conversation on the ethical challenges related with neuroscience and artificial intelligence.
17:00 to 17:45 Concert (live and streaming) ALMA
18:00 to 19:00 Roundtable (live and streaming)
Art and Neuroscience: the nanometric microscales of neuronal conversation and symbolic extensions of the mind through cultural prosthesis.
19:15 to 20:00 Concert (live and streaming)
WinterLAB is part of the STUDIOTOPIA project supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.