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How to Build a Brain

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A learning night talk by Sean Aubin on the work he's been doing at the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab in Waterloo

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How to Build a Brain

  1. 1. How to Build a Brain Sean Aubin
  2. 2. Overview ● Why build a brain ● What is a brain ● How to build a brain ● What happens when you build a brain
  3. 3. Intelligence ● Human intelligence = brain ● Brain is not computer ● Brain is sexier than computer
  4. 4. Brains are made of neurons
  5. 5. Neurons make networks But what can those networks do? ● Represent the outside world ● Transform representations between networks ● Remember things ● All in real time!
  6. 6. Representation ● Monkey and a joystick ● Representing a slider (demo)
  7. 7. Transformation ● Cats and vision ● Multiplication (demo)
  8. 8. Dynamics ● Mice in a maze ● Neurons have memory! ● Integration (demo)
  9. 9. Spaun ● Solve IQ puzzles ● Recognize digits and commands ● Control arms ● Switches between tasks easily ● Transfers knowledge between tasks
  10. 10. Brain power ● Brains uses power of a light-bulb (20 Watts) ● Can lose tons of neurons and not die
  11. 11. Brain simulating ● Drugs ● Brain damage ● What it means to be human
  12. 12. Brains and you! ● Open-source and on GitHub ● Lab website: compneuro.uwaterloo.ca ● Nengo website: github.com/nengo/nengo ● Books

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