Video: Cognitive Computing – Past and Present

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In this video, Dr. Terrence Sejnowski from the Salk Institute presents: Cognitive Computing – Past and Present.

“The Cognitive Era is the next step in the application of science to understand nature and improve the human condition. In that sense, it is a new chapter of a familiar story, and the controversy surrounding Artificial Intelligence is merely the latest example of the age-old debate between those who believe in progress and those who fear it. Within the scientific community —as opposed to the media and popular entertainment —the verdict is in. There is broad agreement on the importance of pursuing a cognitive future, along with recognition of the need to develop the technology responsibly.”


Dr. Terrence Sejnowski is a pioneer in computational neuroscience, working to understand the principles that link brain to behavior. He uses experimental and modeling techniques to study the biophysical properties of synapses and neurons and the population dynamics of large networks of neurons. Dr. Sejnowski has published over 500 scientific papers and 12 books. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. He is Distinguished Professor of Biology, University of California, San Diego, and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Sejnowski received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School.

For more information, read the white paper, “Computing, cognition, and the future of knowing.”

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