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Research Area
Natural language & AI

Sunnyvale Conference Rooom, 201, Silicon Valley, CA | 10am PST

November 13

The Atoms of Neural Computation



Thursday Nov 13 10AM PT

Sunnyvale Conference Room 201


The basic parts list of the brain is relatively well understood, but the logic of its operation remains almost entirely elusive, despite enormous technical advances. Even as our tools for understanding the brain become finer and finer grained, our theoretical apparatus for characterizing what we observe remains weak. In this talk, I focus what we know about the six-layered sheet known as the neocortex, and argue that the most dominant paradigms in theoretical neuroscience is inadequate. I suggest an alternative framework that aims to better bridge neuroscience with behavior, computation, development and evolutionary biology.

Gary Marcus, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at NYU and Visiting Cognitive Scientist at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, is the author of four books including Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind, and the NYTimes Bestseller, Guitar Zero. He frequently blogs for The New Yorker, and is co-editor of the new book, The Future of the Brain: Essays By The World’s Leading Neuroscientists, featuring the Nobel Laureates Edvard and May-Britt Moser. His research on language, evolution, computation and cognitive development has been published widely, in leading journals such as Science and Nature.