November 18

Going Mental

Sunday’s Big Idea

Today's Big Idea: The Complexity Break

As we go deeper and deeper in our understanding of natural systems, we typically find that we require more and more specialized knowledge to characterize them, and we are forced to continuously expand our scientific theories in more and more complex ways….Without having a scientifically deep understanding of cognition, we can’t create the software that could spark the singularity.”

So if you want to peel away an onion, piece by piece, you will discover that your rate of discovery will decline. This is the same growth rate decline that experts like Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says will slow down our ability to solve one of humanities' grand challenges: reverse-engineering the human brain. 

  1. 1 The Most Amazing Race: Reverse-En...
  2. 2 Reverse-Engineering the Brain
  3. 3 The Ghost in the Machine: Unravel...
  4. 4 Brain Reading: Scientists Hope to...
   
  1. The Most Amazing Race: Reverse-Engineering the Brain

    The Most Amazing Race: Reverse-Engineering the Brain

    How long will it take for computers to exhibit human-level intelligence? Experts wildly disagree, and the most exciting scientific race of the 21st century is underway.

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  2. Reverse-Engineering the Brain

    Reverse-Engineering the Brain

    Neuroscientist Joy Hirsch talks about the new frontier of brain imaging.

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  3. The Ghost in the Machine: Unraveling the Mystery of Consciousness

    The Ghost in the Machine: Unraveling the Mystery of Consciousness

    Reductionists believe that memories, emotions, and feelings can be broken down to nothing more than interactions between brain cells and their associated molecules. In other words, "you" are your brain.

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  4. Brain Reading: Scientists Hope to Build a Simulated Brain in 12 Years

    Brain Reading: Scientists Hope to Build a Simulated Brain in 12 Years

    A group of scientists have laid out an ambitious plan to tackle one of the grand challenges facing mankind in the early 21st century--develop a supercomputer that can simulate the brain.

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