Gary Marcus on AI: How do we bridge the mind with the brain?

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Posted on: December 22, 2012 / Last Modified: March 19, 2023

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Gary Marcus is not only a professor in psychology but also a computer scientist, programmer, AI researcher, and best-selling author. He recently wrote a critical article titled Ray Kurzweil’s Dubious New Theory of Mind that was published by The New Yorker. After reading his blog post I thought that it will be interesting to invite Gary on Singularity 1 on 1 so that he can talk more about his argument.   

During our conversation with Gary we cover a wide variety of topics such as: what is psychology and how he got interested in it; his theory of mind in general and the idea that the mind is a kluge in particular; why the best approach to creating AI is at the bridge between neuroscience and psychology; other projects such as Henry Markram‘s Blue Brain, Randal Koene‘s Whole Brain Emulation, and Dharmendra Modha‘s SyNAPSE; Ray Kurzweil’s Patern Recognition Theory of Mind; Deep BlueWatson and the lessons thereof; his take on the technological singularity and the ethics surrounding the creation of friendly AI…

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Who is Gary Marcus?

Gary Marcus is a cognitive scientist, and author of The New York Times Bestseller Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning as well as Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind, which was a New York Times Book Review editor’s choice. You can check out Gary’s other blog posts at The New Yorker on neuroscience, linguistics, and artificial intelligence and follow him on Twitter to stay up to date with his latest work.

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