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I am assistant professor of Psychology at the IULM University (Milan).
A recente article in Spanish on the Spread Mind (la Conciencia Esparcida).
This is my tutorial on machine consciousness at SMC2012, Seoul, October 2012
Here you can find a talk (2011) I gave in Jerusalem at the PsychoOntology Conference in Jerusalem on the "Physical foundations of the conscious mind"
The podcast (MP3, 32 Mb) of my Tucson 2010 talk about the spread mind.
I have been working to the BICAIK, a bilateral Italian-Korean project aiming at designing and implementing conscious agents (BICAIK).
A few videos with some lectures on various topics are available here
A few cartoons on my standpoint are available
Since 2008 I've been
teaching two courses each
- Psicologia della Percezione Artistica at the IULM University.
I am contributing
with a journal on philosophy of Mind, AI,
robotics, cognitive science:
In 2009, I chaired an ESF Exploratory Workhop on Neuroesthetics.
On the scientific side, I published some new papers and chapters on the externalist view of consciousness I am developing since 2001.
During 2008, among the other things, I attended to a Workshop on Machine Consciousness at Nokia; I've been invited to give a talk at the Winter APA Meeting in Philadelphia. In Italy I had the pleasure to participate to the Infinita...mente Festival in Verona.
In 2008 I co-authored with Vincenzo Tagliasco the book "L'esperienza. Perché i neuroni non spiegano tutto" (The experience. Why neurons do not explain everything). As you can imagine, we look for an explanation of consciousness which goes beyond the sometime limited scope of neuroscience.
During 2007, I co-chaired a symposium on the relation between consciousness and artificial intelligence at the AAAI Fall Symposia, Washington DC. Together with Antonio Chella, I am one of the editors of the book Artificial Consciousness (Imprint Academic, 2007).
In 2005 I coorganized the International Workshop on Artificial Consciousness held in Agrigento. In the same year, I've been co-editor of a special Networks issue on consciousness. I also took part to the TSC2005 Copenhagen where a special special plenary session was devoted to externalism (Ted Honderich, Francois Tonneau and myself were the key speaker). If you want to know more click here.
If you want to see a few pictures of mine, as well as a few personal details you can click here.
My main interest is the understanding the nature of consciousness. To do so, I believe that we need to change our fundamental categories. The road I envisage passes through the technological land of robotics as well as the misty shadows of theoretical philosophical analysis. We hope I won't get lost along the journey. There is no more important quest than consciousness. For the conscious mind is the point of the universe where knowledge and being are one and the same.
In order to to
understand consciousness, we need to understand reality. To understand reality
we need two steps: hypotheses and empirical verifications. The scientific
tradition narrowed the field of empirical evidence at only the objective facts.
In order to understand what consciousness is, a new ontological standpoint is
needed and, in order to verify such ontological premises a new kind of
experiments must be envisaged.
If you want to hear and see one of my presentation of the theory of consciousness I've been working on for the last ten years you can download a podcast from here (it is the presentation I gave at the AAAI Fall Symposium on Consciousness and AI, Washington DC, 12 November 2007):
- MP3 format (audio only, good for IPods)
- M4P format (video and audio, relatively small, good for new IPods, 124 Mb)
- MPG format (video, rather big file, PCs and everyone else, 335 Mb)
Milan, March 2013
Manzotti R., (ed.)
Situated Aesthetics. Art beyond the skin. Exeter (UK), Imprint Academic, 2011
To know more click here.
Manzotti R., Tagliasco, V.
L'esperienza. Perché i
neuroni non spiegano tutto. Codice edizioni. Milano, 2008
Per saperne di più clicca qui.
Per la versione ebook clicca qui.
|Manzotti R., Chella A. (a cura di), Artificial Consciousness, Exeter (UK), Imprint Academic, 2007|
|Manzotti R. Psicologia della percezione artistica. Milano, Arcipelago, 2006|
Villamira M, Manzotti R, Comunicazione e sistemi. Milano, Franco Angeli, 2004.
Questo volume ha per oggetto i sistemi e le interazioni tra sistemi nell'ottica delle scienze della complessità e affronta alcuni dei principali argomenti che, in area psicologica, rappresentano le punte avanzate della ricerca in merito ai temi richiamati nel titolo. Oltre che agli studenti e agli studiosi di discipline psicologiche, il presente volume si rivolge a tutte le persone di buona cultura che desiderano un aggiornamento sui temi della comunicazione e della complessità.
Per saperne di più clicca qui.
Manzotti R., Tagliasco V. Coscienza e realtà. Bologna, Il Mulino, 2001.
Come può il nostro cervello, un oggetto fisico, rappresentare il mondo esterno? Per fornire una risposta adeguata è necessario riconsiderare le categorie fondamentali con le quali interpretiamo la realtà. La comprensione della coscienza non è semplicemente qualcosa da aggiungere a quanto già conosciamo, ma qualcosa che richiede la revisione dei fondamenti della nostra concezione del mondo. La coscienza è l'estrema frontiera, la chiave di volta inevitabile, in cui l'intreccio fra il nostro io e la realtà che ci circonda trova soluzione.
Manzotti R. Intentional Robots. Genova, Lira-lab, 2000
My PhD thesis. In this thesis I develop a theory of the mind, which is called the Theory of The Enlarged Mind (TEM for short). Such a theory suggests to consider intentionality as the foundation of reality and to derive from it all other aspects (existence, representation, and being in relation with). The elementary principle of such a theory is called onphene.