BI 183 Dan Goodman: Neural Reckoning
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by Paul Middlebrooks
2w ago
Support the show to get full episodes and join the Discord community. You may know my guest as the co-founder of Neuromatch, the excellent online computational neuroscience academy, or as the creator of the Brian spiking neural network simulator, which is freely available. I know him as a spiking neural network practitioner extraordinaire. Dan Goodman runs the Neural Reckoning Group at Imperial College London, where they use spiking neural networks to figure out how biological and artificial brains reckon, or compute. All of the current AI we use to do all the impressive things we do ..read more
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BI 182: John Krakauer Returns… Again
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by Paul Middlebrooks
1M ago
Support the show to get full episodes and join the Discord community. Check out my free video series about what’s missing in AI and Neuroscience John Krakauer has been on the podcast multiple times (see links below). Today we discuss some topics framed around what he’s been working on and thinking about lately. Things like Whether brains actually reorganize after damage The role of brain plasticity in general The path toward and the path not toward understanding higher cognition How to fix motor problems after strokes AGI Functionalism, consciousness, and much more. Relevant links ..read more
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BI 181 Max Bennett: A Brief History of Intelligence
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by Paul Middlebrooks
2M ago
Support the show to get full episodes and join the Discord community. Check out my free video series about what’s missing in AI and Neuroscience By day, Max Bennett is an entrepreneur. He has cofounded and CEO’d multiple AI and technology companies. By many other countless hours, he has studied brain related sciences. Those long hours of research have payed off in the form of this book, A Brief History of Intelligence: Evolution, AI, and the Five Breakthroughs That Made Our Brains. Three lines of research formed the basis for how Max synthesized knowledge into the ideas in his current ..read more
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BI 180 Panel Discussion: Long-term Memory Encoding and Connectome Decoding
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by Paul Middlebrooks
2M ago
Support the show to get full episodes and join the Discord community. Welcome to another special panel discussion episode. I was recently invited to moderate at discussion amongst 6 people at the annual Aspirational Neuroscience meetup. Aspirational Neuroscience is a nonprofit community run by Kenneth Hayworth. Ken has been on the podcast before on episode 103. Ken helps me introduce the meetup and panel discussion for a few minutes. The goal in general was to discuss how current and developing neuroscience technologies might be used to decode a nontrivial memory from a static connectom ..read more
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BI 179 Laura Gradowski: Include the Fringe with Pluralism
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by Paul Middlebrooks
3M ago
Support the show to get full episodes and join the Discord community. Check out my free video series about what’s missing in AI and Neuroscience Laura Gradowski is a philosopher of science at the University of Pittsburgh. Pluralism is roughly the idea that there is no unified account of any scientific field, that we should be tolerant of and welcome a variety of theoretical and conceptual frameworks, and methods, and goals, when doing science. Pluralism is kind of a buzz word right now in my little neuroscience world, but it’s an old and well-trodden notion… many philosophers have been ..read more
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BI 177 Special: Bernstein Workshop Panel
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by Paul Middlebrooks
4M ago
Support the show to get full episodes and join the Discord community. I was recently invited to moderate a panel at the Annual Bernstein conference – this one was in Berlin Germany. The panel I moderated was at a satellite workshop at the conference called How can machine learning be used to generate insights and theories in neuroscience? Below are the panelists. I hope you enjoy the discussion! Program: How can machine learning be used to generate insights and theories in neuroscience? Panelists: Katrin Franke Lab website. Twitter: @kfrankelab. Ralf Haefner Haefner lab. Twitter ..read more
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BI 175 Kevin Mitchell: Free Agents
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by Paul Middlebrooks
5M ago
Support the show to get full episodes and join the Discord community. Check out my free video series about what’s missing in AI and Neuroscience Kevin Mitchell is professor of genetics at Trinity College Dublin. He’s been on the podcast before, and we talked a little about his previous book, Innate – How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are. He’s back today to discuss his new book Free Agents: How Evolution Gave Us Free Will. The book is written very well and guides the reader through a wide range of scientific knowledge and reasoning that undergirds Kevin’s main take home: our ..read more
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BI 174 Alicia Juarrero: Context Changes Everything
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by Paul Middlebrooks
5M ago
Check out my free video series about what’s missing in AI and Neuroscience Support the show to get full episodes and join the Discord community. Alicia Juarrero is a philosopher and has been interested in complexity since before it was cool. In this episode, we discuss many of the topics and ideas in her new book, Context Changes Everything: How Constraints Create Coherence, which makes the thorough case that constraints should be given way more attention when trying to understand complex systems like brains and minds – how they’re organized, how they operate, how they’re formed and m ..read more
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BI 173 Justin Wood: Origins of Visual Intelligence
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by Paul Middlebrooks
6M ago
Support the show to get full episodes and join the Discord community. In the intro, I mention the Bernstein conference workshop I’ll participate in, called How can machine learning be used to generate insights and theories in neuroscience?. Follow that link to learn more, and register for the conference here. Hope to see you there in late September in Berlin! Justin Wood runs the Wood Lab at Indiana University, and his lab’s tagline is “building newborn minds in virtual worlds.” In this episode, we discuss his work comparing the visual cognition of newborn chicks and AI models. He uses ..read more
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BI 172 David Glanzman: Memory All The Way Down
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by Paul Middlebrooks
7M ago
Support the show to get full episodes and join the Discord community. David runs his lab at UCLA where he’s also a distinguished professor.  David used to believe what is currently the mainstream view, that our memories are stored in our synapses, those connections between our neurons.  So as we learn, the synaptic connections strengthen and weaken until their just right, and that serves to preserve the memory. That’s been the dominant view in neuroscience for decades, and is the fundamental principle that underlies basically all of deep learning in AI. But because of his own ..read more
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