Spring 2018

Brain and Computation Seminar

Jan. 25, 2018 10:30 am11:30 am

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Calvin Lab 116

A Computer Architecture Inspired by  Neuroscience, with suggestions for the design of a Conscious AI

Thanks to major advances in neuroscience, we are on the brink of a scientific understanding of how the brain achieves consciousness. This talk will describe neuroscientist Bernard Baars' Global Workspace Model (GWM) of the brain, its implications for understanding consciousness, and a novel computer architecture that it inspires. The Model gives insight for the design of machines that truly experience (as opposed to simulate) the ecstasy of joy and the agony of pain. It also gives a reasonable explanation of free will in a completely deterministic world.