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Our campus is closed to the public for this event.

In this Symposium we will explore the idea of knowledge both individual and collective. This requires an understanding of its measure, its encoding, its transmission, its acquisition, and its ultimate use in human systems of thought leading to understanding. These questions also extend to those cases where knowledge becomes entrenched and a barrier to progress.
Some Key Questions for this Symposium:

  • How does knowledge originate and develop in individuals (humans, other primates, etc.)?
  • What is the history and development of “objective” / scientific / mathematical knowledge?  
  • What is the nature of social and cultural knowledge?  
  • What is the role of knowledge in intelligence and in “understanding”? 
  • How do today’s large-scale AI language models affect our view of this role? 
  • How does the advent of AI and big data affect the role of knowledge and understanding in scientific and mathematical discovery?  
  • What sets limits on the time scales and total capacity of individual and collective knowledge acquisition?  
  • What are the long-term implications of global and easily accessible sources of knowledge for the future development of the knowledge-understanding axis? 



FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023 
SITE Santa Fe
1606 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM     Lunch
1:30 PM to 1:50 PM        Dimensions of Knowledge: An Economic View" with Ricardo Hausmann, Harvard University & SFI
1:50 PM to 2:20 PM        "How to Know" with Celeste Kidd, UC Berkeley
2:20 PM to 2:30 PM        Q & A
2:30 PM to 2:45 PM        Respondent: Susan Fitzpatrick, JSMF
2:45 PM to 2:55 PM        Q & A
2:55 PM to 3:20 PM        Break: You are welcome to explore the SITE museum during this time.
3:20 PM to 3:50 PM        "Is Mathematics Obsolete?" with Jeremy Avigad, Carnegie Mellon
3:50 PM to 4:00 PM        Q & A
4:00 PM to 4:15 PM        Respondent: Cris Moore, Santa Fe Institute
4:15 PM to 4:25 PM        Q & A
4:25 PM to 4:45 PM        Group Discussion
5:00 PM to 8:30 PM        Reception & Dinner at Opuntia Café

Symposium Day 2
SITE Santa Fe
1606 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

8:30 AM to 9:15 AM          Breakfast
9:15 AM to 9:30 AM         The Barrier of Meaning with Melanie Mitchell and David Krakauer
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM       "Writing Assistance or PlagAIrism? How Language Models Are Changing Our View of Knowledge" with Anna Rogers, IT University of Copenhagen
10:00 AM to 10:10 AM      Q&A
10:10 AM to 10:25 AM      Respondent: Tom Mitchell, Carnegie Mellon University
10:25 AM to 10:35 AM      Q&A
10:35 AM to 11:00 AM      Break: You are welcome to explore the SITE museum during this time.
11:00 AM to 11:30 AM      "Designing Diversity for Sustained Innovation" with James Evans, University of Chicago & SFI
11:30 AM to 11:40 AM       Q&A
11:40 AM to 11:55 AM       Respondent: Ricardo Hausmann, Harvard University & SFI
11:55 AM to 12:05 PM       Q&A
12:05 PM to 12:15 PM       Group Discussion
12:15 PM to 1:15 PM         Lunch
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM           Science Board Meeting at SFI's Cowan Campus
4:30 PM to 8:30 PM           Reception & Dinner at SFI's Cowan Campus

Speakers and Respondents

Jeremy AvigadJeremy AvigadProfessor at Carnegie Mellon University
James EvansJames EvansProfessor of Sociology + Director, Knowledge Lab, at the University of Chicago; External Professor at SFI
Susan FitzpatrickSusan FitzpatrickPresident (Retired) of the James S McDonnell Foundation, + Chief Strategist, LSRT Associates; Science Board Member at SFI
Ricardo HausmannRicardo HausmannDirector, Growth Lab, Center for Int'l Development + Professor of Economic Development at Harvard; Science Board Co-Chair + External Professor at SFI
Celeste KiddCeleste KiddAssistant Professor at UC Berkeley
Tom MitchellTom MitchellFounders University Professor (Machine Learning) at Carnegie Mellon University; Science Board Member at SFI
Cris MooreCris MooreProfessor + Science Board Member at SFI
Anna RogersAnna RogersAssistant Professor at IT University of Copenhagen

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