Olaf Witkowski is an EON Research Scientist at the Earth-Life Science Institute in Tokyo,  and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is also a Founding Member of YHouse­ ­— a nonprofit transdisciplinary research institute focused on the study of awareness, artificial intelligence and complex systems. He received his PhD under Takashi Ikegami, from the Computer Science Department of the University of Tokyo. He was a Program Chair for the ALIFE 2018 conference ‘Beyond AI’.

Olaf Witkowski’s research tackles distributed intelligence in living systems and societies, employing the tools of artificial life, connectionist learning, and information theory, to reach a better understanding of the following triptych of complex phenomena:

  1. the emergence of information flows that led to the origins of life,
  2. the evolution of intelligence in the major evolutionary transitions,
  3. the expansion of communication and cooperation in the future of the bio- and technosphere.

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