Where neuroscience and artificial intelligence converge.
Neuroscience and AI work better together. AI leverages current brain research to inform its work. Likewise, neuroscientists use AI tools to learn more about the workings of the brain.
This potent feedback cycle begs for great minds to join in.
There’s so much to learn and explore at the interface of these two fields.
There are so many experts you can learn from. That’s why I’m here.
I talk with many of the best minds who work at the interface of neuroscience and AI, or have a vision about how these two fields might connect. You’ll learn about cutting edge research, the newest theories about brains and AI, and hear first-hand from the experts how their scientific path led them to this exciting field.
- Do we need to know how brains work to develop great AI? If so, how much detail?
- Can AI pave the way to a grand theory of brain function? Or at least help us understand how brains work?
- How is machine learning different than animal learning?
- How is machine thinking different from animal thinking?
- What the heck is consciousness anyway?
If you’re a neuroscientist…
Learn how AI techniques, like machine learning, deep learning, and neural networks can help you explore your data, generate hypotheses, model how our brains work.
If you’re a professional in an AI, machine learning, or data science industry…
Learn how the latest discoveries in neuroscience can strengthen your work, improve your algorithms, and inspire your next entrepreneurial adventure.
If you’re neither, but curious about all things neuroscience and AI…
Best of all, maybe. I hope you enjoy the ride.
I spent over 10 years as a neuroscientist studying visual decision-making in nonhuman primates. A few years as a technician, 4 years obtaining a PhD, and 6 years as a postdoctoral researcher.
The work was beautiful, rewarding, challenging, demanding, time-consuming, messy, and downright frustrating. The people I met were the best. I miss them. Maybe you’ll hear about some of them in the show.
But a few things kept nagging at me.
I lacked the sense of adventure and fire I had when I started. Creativity gave way to valuable yet repetitive expertise. Projects got bogged down in the essential yet tedious minutiae.
And I worried about the next step for me, becoming a faculty member to run my own lab, with ever more responsibility and administrative duties. Publish! Publish! Get grant funding! Do work important to some funding agency!
I didn’t see a way I could avoid having a career dominated by “Bullshit”.
Did I really want to play the game? Constantly expose my psyche to the constraints? Sacrifice countless lambs along the quest for the holy grail of tenure, a concept I didn’t believe in anyway?
My wife and I formed a plan to break the traditional bonds of work and family life.
We became online entrepreneurs. I quit academia, we sold our suburban house, our little Hyundai Elantra, and the vast majority of our “stuff”. We moved into a 35 foot 5th wheel and towed it behind a diesel-guzzling monster of a truck, traversing the country. When the 5th wheel broke down, we decided to settle for a bit in Durango, CO, a place we love.