From photography to supercomputers: how we see ourselves in our inventions

From photography to supercomputers: how we see ourselves in our inventions

Back in 2008, the technologist Ray Kurzweil estimated that the processing power of the human brain was in the region of 20 quadrillion calculations per second and that, as soon as we developed a supercomputer fast enough, simulating the brain would just be a problem of getting the software right. It was announced last month that the world’s fastest supercomputer, China’s Tianhe-2, can carry out almost 34 quadrillion calculations per second, meaning that, according to Kurzweil, we have the potential to simulate one and two-thirds of a human brain inside a single machine.

The idea that we could fit “one and two-thirds” of our brain function in a computer may seem a little flippant but it is not an unreasonable conclusion if you think of the brain as primarily a calculating engine. If this seems a little distant from your everyday experience, the idea that the mind is this “computation at work” is an assumption so embedded in modern neuroscience that it’s almost impossible to find anyone arguing for a non-computational science of the brain.  […]

 

The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

So yea, you know how the left brain is really  realistic, analytical, practical, organized, and logical , and the right brain is so darn  creative, passionate, sensual, tasteful, colorful, vivid, and poetic ? No. Just no. Stop it. Please. Thoughtful cognitive neuroscientists such as  Anna Abraham ,  Mark […]

 

Big Brain Theory

Big Brain Theory

@ blogs.hbr.org

Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast. I’m Scott Berinato. Today, we’re going to talk about brain science. But don’t worry, I’m going to bore you with retrosplenial cortex or multi-voxel pattern analysis. Our guests know all about those things, but they’re here to talk about something much more exciting to us.

How recent breakthroughs in neuroscience are advancing our knowledge of how we do and how we should do knowledge work. The new science will fundamentally change how we approach tasks such as creative thinking, and how we structure rewards, and how we multitask, among others.  […]

 

How Neuroscience is Creating “a Brain New World”

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At the risk of coming over as arrogant or self-conceited for saying this about an esteemed Nobel Prize winner, I suspect that Eric Kandel completely underestimates the impact that brain science would have in the 21st century. While it may very well be the major focus in biology, neuroscience is also completely transforming many of the social sciences and other areas of life as we know it. […]

 

Neuroscience – and the Future of Humanity – Interview with Ken Hayworth

Neuroscience – and the Future of Humanity – Interview with Ken Hayworth

@ hplusmagazine.com

Recently I did a three part interview with renowned neuroscientist Kenneth Hayworth that went for 4.5 hours. So strap yourselves into your interview appreciation chairs and glue your eyes to the screen. It was very informative and fun, I hope you enjoy it […]

 

The Neuroscience At The Heart Of Learning And Leading

@ forbes.com

Marco Iacoboni is one of the pioneers in a new area of neuroscience. A few years ago in Parma, Italy, scientists were researching how the brain controls our actions. They accidentally discovered a whole new class of brain cells that seem to be the neural basis of empathy. brain-300x285 […]

 
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