Hakwan Lau directs the Laboratory for Consciousness at the RIKEN Institute (Center for Brain Science) near Tokyo. Prior to moving to Japan in 2021/2022, he was a tenured full professor at University of California, Los Angeles. He specializes in human neuroscience, including applications of machine learning for neuroimaging data. Hakwan received his doctoral degree from the University of Oxford, where he was funded by a Rhodes Scholarship. Previously he has also been an associate professor at Columbia University in the City of New York, as well as a research fellow at University College London. His former academic mentees include 9 independent faculty members / principal investigators. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed academic papers:
Harmony Zero-Knowledge University - Online Courses for Web3 Development - zku.ONE
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zkDAO - Succinct, Private, Fair
Harmony is committing $10M for zkDAO and privacyDAO, bringing the best research to production, especially for zero-knowledge proofs and other cryptography primitives. We should focus on products with 100x benefits, magical uses, or universal constructs. The following 6 products are the most ready for 2022.
Previous work w/ Harmony:
Data Marketplace for Scientists: A New Hope
By Kayuet Liu and Hakwan Lau Decentralized ledger technology promises to make data open and immutable.
Apr 2022 Deliverables:
- launch 20 zk-products on testnet
- grow membership of zkDAO to 30
- promote ZKU intensively to enroll 1,000 students for May-June cohort
Mar 2022 Deliverables:
- Launch zkuDAO
- Run ZKU 2nd cohort w/ new syllabus, prepare for promo materials for next round
- Speak at Chainlink event (in LA) ← cancelled due to COVID, changed to funding 5 zk product launch grants instead
Feb 2022 Deliverables:
- Promo & launch ZKU round #2 - aim to 5x from first cohort
- Onboard 4 new mentees (technical contributors to serve as teaching assistants at ZKU)
- Give talk at EthDenver on decentralized basic income (and try to recruit more people for ZKU there)
Jan 2022 Deliverables:
- onboard 4 mentees (2 technical contributors, 1 creative contributors, 1 fellow to focus on hollywood/NFT/metaverse/DAOs)
- launch zku.ONE & retain 5+ active students who complete all assignments, to launch products in Feb/March
- co-organize an event in LA ( on a topic related to decentralized basic income) w/ partner FRAX + RARI capital (aiming for Jan, but due to omicron, potentially postponed to Feb)
Giv: Hakwan has gone deep and orchestrated an amazing program for zku. He has onboarded mentees and students as per his January goals. Great job!
In Consciousness we Trust: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Subjective Experience
In Consciousness we Trust: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Subjective Experience: 9780198856771: Medicine & Health Science Books @ Amazon.com
Chapter 0: Reality as One Sees It I explain why we will focus on cognitive neuroscience rather than physics-centric theories.
Chapter 1: Definitions & Game Plan Subjective experience is our focus here, though it may relate to other notions of consciousness such as wakefulness or voluntary control too. We will arbitrate between global and local theories.
Chapter 2: The Unfinished NCC Project If we control for the key experimental confounds, the evidence is in favor of the prefrontal cortex’s role in consciousness - although it may not be for the purpose of global broadcast.
Chapter 3: Hitting the Right Note Lesions and stimulation studies are often conceptually misinterpreted or factually misrepresented. There is good evidence for the causal involvement of the prefrontal cortex in consciousness.
Chapter 4: Untouched Raw Feels? When we don’t pay attention we don’t perceive much details. But our experience may be subjectively ‘inflated’ beyond what we actually represent in the sensory cortices; troubles for local theorists.
Chapter 5: What Good is Consciousness? To answer the question we need new experimental methods, beyond subliminal priming. Current evidence suggests that consciousness may not be as useful as global theories suggest.
Chapter 6: A Centrist Manifesto Let’s take stock of the findings reviewed so far. Neither global nor local theories seem right. What are the constraints for a plausible theory? What can we learn from current AI research?
Chapter 7: Are We Alone? We introduce the perceptual reality monitoring theory (PRM), according to which some animals may not be conscious. And yet, perhaps even a robot or computer program could be (to be revisited in Chapter 9).
Chapter 8: Making Ourselves Useful In the social and clinical sciences, ‘consciousness’ often refers to our rational grasp of reality. How is this related to the kind of consciousness we have discussed so far?
Chapter 9: What of the Hard Problem? Subjective experiences are characterized by ‘what it is like’ to have them. Cognitive neuroscience can address this quality too. Metaphysical theories don’t fare better, and may just hinder scientific progress.
Research Paper: Decentralized Basic Income via 20% Fixed-Income Products