Phillip and I discuss his company Brainworks, which uses the latest neuroscience to build AI into its products. We talk about their first product, Ambient Biometrics, that measures vital signs using your smartphone’s camera. We also dive into entrepreneurship in the AI startup world, ethical issues in AI, his early days using neural networks at NASA, where he thinks this is all headed, and more.
Liz and I discuss her work on cognitive development, specially in infants, and what it can tell us about what makes human cognition different from other animals, what core cognitive abilities we’re born with, and how those abilities may form the foundation for much of our other cognitive abilities to develop. We also talk about natural language as the potential key faculty that synthesizes our early core abilities into the many higher cognitive functions that make us unique as a species, the potential for AI to capitalize on what we know about cognition in infants, plus plenty more.
In this second part of our conversation, David and I discuss his thoughts about current language and speech techniques in AI, his thoughts about the prospects of artificial general intelligence, the challenge of mapping the parts of linguistics onto the parts of neuroscience, the state of graduate training, and more.
David and I talk about his work to understand how sound waves floating in the air get transformed into meaningful concepts in your mind. He studies speech processing and production, language, music, and everything in between, approaching his work with steadfast principles to help frame what it means to understand something scientifically. We discuss many of the hurdles to understanding how our brains work and making real progress in science, plus a ton more.