Hugo de Garis
Xiamen University, China

Prof. Dr. Hugo de Garis is a Full Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Artificial Brain Lab (ABL) in the Cognitive Science Department of the School of Information Science & Technology (SIST), Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian Province. He has a 4 year contract (2008-2011) to build China's first artificial brain, consisting of 1000s of evolved neural net modules to control the behaviors of French NAO robots. He has had two books published, "The Artilect War: Cosmists vs. Terrans: A Bitter Controversy Concerning Whether Humanity Should Build Godlike Massively Intelligent Machines",and "Multis and Monos: What the Multicultured Can Teach the Monocultured: Towards the Creation of a Global State". He is co-guest editor of a special issue of the Neurocomputing journal on the topic of "Artificial Brains", the first of its kind worldwide, and is contracted by World Scientific to write a book on "Artificial Brains". Before living in China, he was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Utah State University, in Utah, USA. He has lived in 7 countries (Australia, England, Holland, Belgium, Japan, America, China), and is married to a Chinese woman who is the daughter of a general who accompanied Mao Zedong on the long march.

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