Michael Timothy Bennett is a computer scientist with the Australian National University. His research explores intelligence from first principles, blending philosophical arguments, math proofs and experimental results. He presented a unified theory of consciousness, meaning and artificial superintelligence at the 2023 conference on artificial general intelligence, for which he won a best paper award.
He has also been quoted and published by prominent news organisations including Newsweek, Quillette and The Conversation.
He was previously co founder and COO of Eigen Technologies in London, and has worked in game development across four continents on well known franchises including The Sims, Sniper Elite and Total War. Growing up under difficult circumstances with sporadic school attendance, he was an unlikely candidate for academia. However, he was admitted to an undergraduate program on the basis of his musical ability and now holds degrees in music from Queensland Conservatorium, management from London Business School, and computer science from The Australian National University.