Supercomputers and artificial intelligence vs. the human brain at the Falling Walls Conference in Berlin on 09/11/2013


Time: Saturday, 9/11/2013 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Place: Radialsystem V, Holzmarktstraße 33, 10243 Berlin


Berlin, 5 November 2013. We would hereby like to invite you to the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November 2013 in Berlin. 20 top scientists from around the world will present their groundbreaking research, including work in the fields of artificial intelligence and supercomputers.

Can robots develop their own language? This question will be addressed in the presentation given by Luc Steels, the director of the Sony Computer Science Laboratory. Steels is one of the leading experts in the field of artificial intelligence and is currently investigating the origin of our language and the emergence of the human brain. His aim is to construct a computational model of natural language in order to drive the development of artificial intelligence forward.

Karlheinz Meier from the University of Heidelberg also deals with computers inspired by the brain. He is co-director of “Human Brain Project”, which was recently launched by the European Union, and has set himself the goal of creating a new category of computer architecture based on the efficient functioning of the human brain. At the Falling Walls Conference, Meier will introduce one of the largest and most ambitious research projects of our time.

The importance of simulations on supercomputers for our society, as well as their risks and opportunities, will be highlighted by Michael M. Resch from the High Performance Computing Center in Stuttgart. He will also address the influence of computer simulations on decision-makers in politics and business.

The impact of computers and especially the internet on human creativity will be discussed by Mark Pagel from the University of Reading in the UK. According to Pagel, there could be less innovation in future due the digitization of our society – instead, people may end up copying one another to an increasing extent. Pagel attributes this to the important role of social learning in the earlier history of human evolution.

Other issues examined at the Falling Walls Conference will be the regeneration of the central nervous system and the development of neuroscience-based computer games to improve the symptoms of schizophrenia patients. In addition, the inventor of the artificial leaf, Daniel Nocera from Harvard University, will present his vision of personalized energy supplies.

You can find detailed information on the speakers and the complete programme at


About the Falling Walls Foundation

The Falling Walls Conference was first held in 2009 to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and has since developed into a highly acclaimed platform for top international research. The conference is supported by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the Helmholtz Association, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research, and a number of other leading research institutions, foundations and companies.


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