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Decoding the
mind for humankind

Mindfire unites the greatest minds on earth so as to unlock the underlying principles of human intelligence.

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Introducing Mindfire

Mindfire signals a new era in the quest for artificial intelligence (AI): rather than reducing human intelligence to algorithms, Mindfire looks to the mind to release the true potential of AI.

Mindfire believes that what is needed to decode the human mind is already out there. It is not about algorithms or processing power. It is about solving incremental problems that in aggregate enable the quantum leap to true AI. This is achieved by bringing together the most talented people (talents), in a dynamic and supportive environment, and enabling them to collaboratively explore human intelligence.

The Mindfire Foundation

The Mindfire Foundation is a Swiss non-profit foundation with the goal to unlock the principles of human intelligence.

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Mindfire Program

Uniting the Best Talents

Mindfire is comprised of a series of ‘missions’: starting in May 2018, a select number of talents will gather for ten days in Davos, Switzerland and together explore the principles that govern human intelligence. Mindfire will launch one or more missions per year and each mission builds on the findings of the previous mission. Mindfire missions will be structured by key intelligence research topics:

  • Cellular automaton
  • Artificial organisms
  • Artificial neural networks
  • Robotics

Mindfire's ↓ scientific advisory boards will define the goal of each mission and support the talents throughout. Leading AI researchers and innovation coaches will act as mentors. There will be no hierarchies, only a shared sense of purpose. Mindfire’s ethics board ensures that all findings are in the public domain.

Talents are key to the success of Mindfire, and they will be selected based on their potential contribution to the mission. Mindfire is open to all interested candidates, irrespective of academic credentials. Travel, accommodation and all activities are fully covered by the Mindfire Foundation. In addition, talents will be rewarded with ↓ Mindfire Tokens. To register for one of the first Missions, review the ↗ Requirements and Selection Process and ↗ submit your application by March 1st 2018.

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Mindfire Token

Today, many innovative ideas and concepts never surface as they are locked away in siloed laboratories. Massive legal and financial hurdles are put in place to prevent ideas from leaving companies and labs. To address this, Mindfire deploys a patented blockchain-based token incentivizing talents to collaborate beyond traditional labs and allowing them to be fairly and directly recognized for new ideas and concepts. The Mindfire token is directly linked to the newly generated intellectual property. This approach permits talents, sponsors and stakeholders of Mindfire to collectively own the intellectual output and future innovations of the Mindfire program.

The Mindfire White Paper will be released in early 2018.

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Mindfire Conference

The Mindfire Conferences occur during the Mindfire Mission. They will be the world’s first dedicated conferences to deciphering human intelligence by highlighting the insights and perspectives of leading figures across scientific, economic, social and ethical spheres.

The program of the Mindfire Conference will be published in early 2018. Pre-register today and get an early bird discount.

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Sponsors and partners

As a non-profit foundation, Mindfire is supported by individual private donors and leading academic, corporate and non-profit partners. Mindfire offers a limited number of sponsorship opportunities and package options:

Mindfire Missions

Join forces with Mindfire and gain access to Mindfire's Missions. Successful partnerships are built on ideas: get in touch and share your vision with us.

Donations may be tax deductible and Mindfire backers will receive vouchers to purchase tokens in the future.

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Mindfire Conference

Sponsorship packages:

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    Sponsored talents
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    Sponsored livestream
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    Wi-Fi and phone charging stations
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    Food & drinks
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    Illuminated smart wall & social media
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Founding Board

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Pascal Kaufmann

Founder and president of the foundation

Neuroscientist, tech-entrepreneur and the visionary behind Mindfire, is determined to unite the best talents worldwide to tackle the mind code. Kaufmann connected living brains to machines at Northwestern University, IL, USA and built one of the first cyborgs, feeding information directly into brain tissue. He takes a sceptical view on the current state of AI and is convinced that Human like Artificial Intelligence can and must be created by and for the people as an answer to the challenges of the 21st century.

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Christoph von der Malsburg

Founder and board member

Prof. Christoph von der Malsburg has devoted his life to the elucidation of the function of the brain. He did research at CERN in Geneva and the Max-Planck-Institute for Neuroscience and he was appointed as professor of computer science and systems biophysics in Los Angeles, USA and Bochum, Germany. He has co-founded two successful companies based on his theory of the visual system and received numerous international awards. Von der Malsburg headed the European Neural Network Society and is one of the fathers of computer vision and self-organizing neural networks. He has been appointed recently as strategic and technical advisor to the European Human Brain Project.

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Lukas Sieber

Founder and board member

Lukas Sieber worked at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C., USA and was responsible for all public diplomacy activities and programs for the Swiss government throughout the United States. With a background in political sciences from University of Zurich and postgraduate studies at Georgetown University, USA, he now acts as Executive Director North America of Greater Zurich Area (GZA), the official investment support agency of Zurich and surrounding areas. Additionally, he advises a number of blockchain-related initiatives and advises US and Swiss/European based businesses.

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Program Boards

Ethics Board

Joanna J. Bryson, Head of the Ethics board

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Associate Professor at University of Bath; and Affiliate, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton

Luciano Floridi, Ethics board member

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Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford

AI Board

Pascal Kaufmann, Head of the AI Board

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Neuroscientist, tech-entrepreneur and the visionary behind Mindfire

Prof. Dr. Rolf Pfeifer, AI board member

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Visiting professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China and former professor at Osaka University, JP and director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Zurich.

Neuroscience Board

Christoph von der Malsburg, Head of the Neuroscience board

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Expert in human face recognition technology and the cognitive “architecture” of the brain

Talent Board

Edy Portmann, Head of the Talents board

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Professor for Computer Science at the Human-IST Institute of the University of Fribourg focusing on design, technology and innovation.

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