SSP Forum: "Can We Build a Brain?" (Video)

Schematic rendering of the human brain, showing both hemispheres
Building 460, Room 126 (Margaret Jacks Hall)
Stanford University
Start:
Monday, September 30, 2019 12:30 PM
End:
Monday, September 30, 2019 1:20 PM

The
Symbolic Systems Forum

presents

"Can We Build a Brain?" (video, May 2018)

Episode 4 of Nova Wonders

Monday, September 30, 2019
12:30-1:20pm
Building 460, Room 126 (Margaret Jacks Hall)

ABSTRACT:

From the Nova Wonders website: "Artificially intelligent machines are taking over. They’re influencing our everyday lives in profound and often invisible ways. They can read handwriting, interpret emotions, play games, and even act as personal assistants. They are in our phones, our cars, our doctors’ offices, our banks, our web searches…the list goes on and is rapidly growing ever longer. But how does today’s A.I. actually work—and is it truly intelligent? And for that matter, what is intelligence? The world’s brightest computer programmers are trying to build brighter machines by reverse-engineering the brain and by inventing completely new kinds of computers, with exponentially greater speed and processing power. NOVA Wonders looks at how far we’ve come and where machines are headed as their software becomes ever more…cerebral. How close are we from a world in which computers take over—from diagnosing cancer to driving our cars to targeting weapons? If we place more and more of our lives under the control of these artificial brains, what are we putting at risk?"