Your Brain on AI: From Organoids to Consciousness
17 August 2024 | Sydney Opera House

Mark your calendars for 17 August 2024, as the Sydney Opera House, in collaboration with the Big Questions Institute and the University of Sydney, presents an event that delves into the revolutionary intersection of artificial intelligence and human cognition. This National Science Week, join renowned experts for a captivating journey into the future where AI reshapes our understanding of consciousness, intelligence, and the essence of human life.


Imagine a future where our brains are augmented through cognitive advancements, seamlessly integrating organic and digital networks with cutting-edge technologies. This fusion holds the key to unprecedented enhancements in human capabilities: faster information processing, enhanced memory and novel modes of cognition.

Beyond these advancements lie fundamental questions that continue to captivate scientists and philosophers alike: What is consciousness and how does it originate? Can machines or robots be conscious? How does agency manifest in physical systems? How do atoms organise into structures capable of thought and emotion? The intersection of these inquiries with technologies like DishBrain and brain organoids could revolutionise fields from neuroscience and psychology to artificial intelligence and philosophy.


Esteemed experts including renowned quantum physicist and cosmologist Paul Davies AM, cognitive scientist Inês Hipólito and neuroscientist Brett Kagan, will talk to the University of Sydney’s AI expert Sandra Peter and unveil life-altering developments that will reshape our future sooner than you think.


“The development of artificial intelligence may well imply that man will relinquish his intellectual supremacy in favour of thinking machines.”

Paul Davies