Tag Archives: Neuroscience

If you were to design a brain, where would you start?

Purdue University created a new research initiative called the Center for Brain-inspired Computing Enabling Autonomous Intelligence, or C-BRIC with the mission to deliver key advances in cognitive computing, with the goal of enabling a new generation of autonomous intelligent systems such as self-flying drones and interactive personal robots. The center intends to develop the next […]

Why a brain is not a Turing machine

Or a corollary to the title: Why a computer will never function intelligently. Mihai Nadin wrote a brilliant paper titled: Machine intelligence: a chimera. It can be accessed and read here on Springer. Nadin, M. AI & Soc (2019) 34: 215. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-018-0842-8 Abstract The notion of computation has changed the world more than any previous […]

Mechanisms by which Life self-assembles

This is a transcript of a lecture given by Michael Levin. Applications are for general artificial intelligence and cognitive technologies. Is it possible that some of the limitations of current machine learning is because people have really been focusing on imitating brains and especially human brain architectures? What would happen if we stepped way back […]

Electrical Architecture of the Human Body

Remarkable insight into the electrical architecture and power supply of the human body. After watching the talk I realized that the very simple reason we sleep is in order to recharge our batteries. Cells that we are made of are electrical capacitors and it takes time to literally fill these capacitors once they are discharged. […]

Problems of Consciousness

Current models of conciseness are incorrectly top-down treating a human as a monolithic unit with clearly defined subsystems and putting brain as the source of consciousness. Most theories of consciousness are based on philosophy and place consciousness outside of the structure of the universe as if mind is made of something else, call it ‘dark […]

Neuroaesthetics: Beauty and the Brain

Couple quite interesting talks on evolution. Evolution of Beauty – Genetics How Imagination and Creativity Reshaped Human Evolution Evolution of Beauty – Genetics Talk by Richard PrumWhy have animals evolved a sense of beauty?The Neuroscience of BeautyWe may have the evolution of beauty completely wrongBook The Evolution of Beauty by Richard O. Prum How Darwin’s […]

What Makes Us Human?

This entire post is dedicated to consciousness and secrets of the brain and mind. The most interesting talk here is by Stuart Hameroff. What Makes Us Human? Faith, Fantasy, and the Big Questions in Modern Physics Is Quantum Physics Necessary for the Account of Consciousness? Cartographers of the Brain: Mapping the Connectome Wiring up the […]

Mind and Language

We’re beginning to understand something about the puppet and the strings but we have no idea whatsoever about the puppeteer what makes it happen. Talk by Chomsky Transcript: Noam Chomsky on the hard questions of mind and language We’re very strange species in many ways and the language capacity seems to be at the root […]

Quantum Technology & National Security

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Quantum Technology & National Security Have We Missed Half of What the Neocortex Does? Allocentric Location as the Basis of Perception Quantum computing – Schrodinger’s cats can calculate faster How We Learn to Interpret Speech New dataset to help AI with video understanding Quantum […]

Artificial General Intelligence: Why Aren’t We There Yet?

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Artificial General Intelligence: Why Aren’t We There Yet? Machine Learning and AI for the Sciences – Towards Understanding Deep Learning in Speech Recognition Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions Brain waves reflect different types of learning Brain scans reveal why rewards and […]