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Michael Timothy Bennett

PhD Student, School of Computing, Australian National University

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. He holds degrees in music from Queensland Conservatorium, management from London Business School, and computer science from The Australian National University.


  • –present
    PhD Student, Australian National University


  • 2018 
    The Australian National University, Advanced MCOMP in Artificial Intelligence
  • 2010 
    London Business School, Masters in Management
  • 2008 
    Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Bachelor of Popular Music