[ISEA2008] Keynote: Ken Mogi – The Contingent Brain


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.