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Growing Your Brain!

September 21, 2022

A Review of Peter Robin Hiesinger’s Self-Assembling Brain by Robert Thibadeau on medium.com This is a very intertesting take on The Self-Assembling Brain by a senior expert on natural language processing. Robert Thibadeau trained with Roger Schank, is an emeritus of Carnegie Mellon University, and writes and teaches about cognitive science, AI, machine learning, and is one of the founding…

Peter Rupprecht’s Intuition about the Brain – a Book Review

July 5, 2022

On December 31, 2021, the neuroscientist Peter Rupprecht from the Brain Research Institute at the University of Zürich published a book review of The Self-Assembling Brain as the topic of his annual end-of-the-year report on intuitions about the brain. This is such a thoughtful review, both in its praise and critique, that I asked Peter for permission to post it…

Paperback Release on Dec. 13, 2022

June 10, 2022

Princeton University Press will release the Paperback of The Self-Assembling Brain in December! Check out reviews in Science, TechTalks, on goodreads & amazon, …and a series of podcasts. How does a neural network become a brain? While developmental neurobiologists investigate how genes encode the growth of intricate connectivity as a basis for learning, computer scientists design artificial neural networks with…

100.000 views of the Royal Society Lecture

March 8, 2022

The June 2021 Lecture ‘The Self-Assembling Brain’ has now been watched more than 100.000 times on youtube, with 3.600 likes. Well, maybe not much in a world of internet celebrities, but remember, this is only a lecture on the brain and AI, with very little in the direction of self-help and zero pictures of cute cats… Thank you again to…

Podcast on ‘Brain Inspired’ with Paul Middlebrooks

January 6, 2022

Paul Middlebrooks from braininspired.co: ‘Robin and I discuss many of the ideas in his book The Self-Assembling Brain: How Neural Networks Grow Smarter. The premise is that our DNA encodes an algorithmic growth process that unfolds information via time and energy, resulting in a connected neural network (our brains!) imbued with vast amounts of information from the “start”. This contrasts…

From Imprecision to Robustness in Neural Circuit Assembly: Research Unit awarded

December 20, 2021

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has founded a new research unit headed by Peter Robin Hiesinger that will examine the fundamental principles of brain development. The research unit includes thirteen principal investigators who are involved in nine closely linked research projects that explore how variability affects brain development despite identical genetic information. The researchers working in the nine projects within…

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…