BI 100.4 Special: What Ideas Are Holding Us Back?

BI 100.4 Special: What Ideas Are Holding Us Back?

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BI 100.4 Special: What Ideas Are Holding Us Back?
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In the 4th installment of our 100th episode celebration, previous guests responded to the question:
What ideas, assumptions, or terms do you think is holding back neuroscience/AI, and why?
As per usual, the responses are varied and wonderful!

BI 100.3 Special: Can We Scale Up to AGI with Current Tech?

BI 100.3 Special: Can We Scale Up to AGI with Current Tech?

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BI 100.3 Special: Can We Scale Up to AGI with Current Tech?
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Part 3 in our 100th episode celebration. Previous guests answered the question:
Given the continual surprising progress in AI powered by scaling up parameters and using more compute, while using fairly generic architectures (eg. GPT-3), do you think the current trend of scaling compute can lead to human level AGI? If not, what’s missing?
It likely won’t surprise you that the vast majority answer “No.” It also likely won’t surprise you, there is differing opinion on what’s missing.

BI 100.2 Special: What Are the Biggest Challenges and Disagreements?

BI 100.2 Special: What Are the Biggest Challenges and Disagreements?

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BI 100.2 Special: What Are the Biggest Challenges and Disagreements?
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In this 2nd special 100th episode installment, many previous guests answer the question: What is currently the most important disagreement or challenge in neuroscience and/or AI, and what do you think the right answer or direction is? The variety of answers is itself revealing, and shows how many interesting problems there are to work on.

BI 100.1 Special: What Has Improved Your Career or Well-being?

BI 100.1 Special: What Has Improved Your Career or Well-being?

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BI 100.1 Special: What Has Improved Your Career or Well-being?
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Brain Inspired turns 100 (episodes) today! To celebrate, my patreon supporters helped me create a list of questions to ask my previous guests, many of whom contributed by answering any or all of the questions. I’ve collected all their responses into separate little episodes, one for each question. Starting with a light-hearted (but quite valuable) one, this episode has responses to the question, “In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your career or well being?” See below for links to each previous guest. And away we go…

BI 099 Hakwan Lau and Steve Fleming: Neuro-AI Consciousness

BI 099 Hakwan Lau and Steve Fleming: Neuro-AI Consciousness

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BI 099 Hakwan Lau and Steve Fleming: Neuro-AI Consciousness
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Hakwan, Steve, and I discuss many issues around the scientific study of consciousness. Steve and Hakwan focus on higher order theories (HOTs) of consciousness, related to metacognition. So we discuss HOTs in particular and their relation to other approaches/theories, the idea of approaching consciousness as a computational problem to be tackled with computational modeling, we talk about the cultural, social, and career aspects of choosing to study something as elusive and controversial as consciousness, we talk about two of the models they’re working on now to account for various properties of conscious experience, and, of course, the prospects of consciousness in AI. For more on metacognition and awareness, check out episode 73 with Megan Peters.