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Cosmic Queries: Artificial Intelligence and the Brain, with Heather Berlin

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About This Episode

Worried about artificial intelligence taking over the world? Wondering how humans will integrate artificial intelligence into society? We answer these questions and more as neuroscientist and host Heather Berlin, comic co-host Chuck Nice, and neuroscientist Gary Marcus explore AI and the future of the brain. To start, given the rising discussion of AI, Gary explains the differences between artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning, and how AI technology has been around for over 60 years. You’ll hear about self-driving cars and whether we should trust the ones on the market today. Discover more about neural prosthetics and cognitive implants and the dangers posed by hacking. You’ll learn about uploading our brains to a computer network, how close it is to reality, and why it doesn’t guarantee escaping death. You’ll also learn why Gary and Heather think recording dreams for playback might be just around the corner. Explore the ethics debate surrounding AI citizens, like Sophia, and what humans would do for work in a world where artificial intelligence is widespread. All that plus, you’ll find out if any AI research involves any other living things besides humans.

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  • Host

    Heather Berlin

    Heather Berlin
    All-Stars host, Neuroscientist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at The Icahn School Of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY
  • Co-Host

    Chuck Nice

    Chuck Nice
    Comedian
  • Guest

    Gary Marcus

    Gary Marcus
    Author, Neuroscientist, Professor of Psychology, NYU

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  • dante gomez

    kinda of assh*le this marcus guy… he thinks he is a special snowflake. sorry for my bad english. Great Episode.

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