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Podcast ‘The Self-Assembling Brain’ with Waseem Akhtar on Bridging the Gaps

Podcast ‘The Self-Assembling Brain’ with Waseem Akhtar on Bridging the Gaps

November 8, 2021

Bridging the Gaps: A Portal for Curious Minds has released a 1-hour podcast in which Waseem Akhtar and Robin Hiesinger discuss the motivation and thesis of ‘The Self-Assembling Brain’. This is a wide-ranging discussion, starting with the history of neurobiologists arguing about the existence of neurons as physiological units that need to ‘wire up’, to the question: How does information…

Reviews on goodreads.com

October 28, 2021

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. It provides an interactive platform for all books of the world to be discussed, reviewed and recommended to fellow readers. As of October 2021, The Self-Assembling Brain has been added by 150 readers and received 11 ratings with an average of 4.73 (out of 5). The reviews are truly…

Carne Esperta Podcast

September 5, 2021

A curious interview – by an Artificial Intelligence from the future, trying to understand humans. What can The Self-Assembling Brain tell us? Podcast available here: Google Podcasts Spotify

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In-Depth Book Review and Interview on TechTalks and VentureBeat

August 18, 2021

You can find a very thoughtful book review, summary and discussion of questions arising from The Self-Assembling Brain in the in-depth book review from August 16 at TechTalks here. The same review was also picked up by the VentureBeat, a leading media authority in artificial intelligence and machine learning. TechTalks is an influential site that examines trends in technology, how…

The Royal Institution Lecture

Royal Institution Lecture on Youtube – 68K views after 4 weeks!

July 31, 2021

The Royal Institution hosted a one and a half hour live lecture and discussion on The Self-Assembling Brain and the cross-talk of biological and artificial neural network research. Thanks to 800 participants for signing up, watching it live or over the next week via the Royal Institution video link. The lecture is online since July 2 on Youtube. Thanks for…

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What is missing for AI to become a human brain? (articles in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and at Princeton University Press)

June 22, 2021

The German newpaper Frankfurther Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) has published the article ‘Was der Künstlichen Intelligenz zum menschlichen Gehirn fehlt’ both in print and online (paywalled, unfortunately). It translates to ‘What AI is missing to become a human brain’. Similar English articles can be found here at The Self-Assembling Brain and at Princeton University Press.

June 8 release in the UK and Europe

June 9, 2021

One month after the May 4 release in the US, The Self-Assembling Brain has just been released in the UK and Europe! Thanks to a wonderful review in the journal Science, and a very well-attended lecture and discussion at the Royal Institution, The Self-Assembling Brain has hit it off well on the Amazon bestseller lists in the US, UK and…

Review of The Self-Assembling Brain in the Journal Science

May 21, 2021

‘What AI can learn from the biological brain‘ is the title of a new review of The Self-Assembling Brain in the journal Science, published in the May 21 issue. This is an expert review, right on target, including both positively and critically assessed points. If you are looking for a critical summary of the book – this is the one!

What can we learn from image compression about the genetic encoding of brain wiring?

May 15, 2021

You can describe a digital image by describing the coordinate and color of every individual pixel, meaning each of the smallest component ‘dots’ that together make up the picture.  Since pictures taken with modern cell phones and cameras have an ever increasing resolution, this leads to rather large image files to save and send to friends.  Fortunately, most images can…