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Giorgos Skoufos (GR)
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An analogue signal is any continuous signal for which the time varying feature of the signal is a representation of some other time varying quantity. A digital signal is a signal that represents a sequence of discrete values. The human voice is an analogue signal as the frequency of the sound varies. 
Music synthesis, speech recognition and even emotions detection through voice analysis is a small part of what Artificial Intelligence is capable of doing today. The possibilities are endless but, can Artificial Intelligence really listen? 
Asking this question leads to the realization that what we usually perceive as sound, has nothing to do with the sound itself but with the complex patterns that emerge from the context of it.
Now consider a box, or to be precise, consider a deterministic box. For now, every Artificial Intelligence algorithm, even the most sophisticated ones, are executed inside a box. We may be living in boxes, buying boxes, thinking in boxes but our feelings are natural and thus, non-deterministic. We express ourselves through ever-changing stochastic processes, and thus the assimilation of concepts such as fear, love and existence cannot be achieved from the inside of a box.
Can you really listen?

Giorgos Skoufos

My name is Giorgos Skoufos, I am a PhD candidate at University of Thessaly, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the fields of Metagenomics, Metatranscriptomics and Clinical-Microbiomics. I have earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Department of Informatics and my Master of Science degree in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications. Besides my PhD, I’m a student of a Japanese Martial Art called Aikido, I do rock climbing and finally, I create digital art projects using algorithms and computer programming techniques as my main tools. I am 27 years old and I live in Athens, Greece.

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