Big Picture Science – Thinking About Thinking

by Gary Niederhoff on November 9, 2015

Big Picture Science – Thinking About Thinking

Congratulations, you have a big brain. Evolution was good to Homo sapiens. But make some room on the dais. Research shows that other animals, such as crows, may not look smart, but can solve complex problems.

Meanwhile human engineers are busily developing cogitating machines. Intelligent entities abound – but are they all capable of actual thought?

Hear how crows fashion tools from new materials and can recognize you by sight. Also, how an IBM computer may one day outthink the engineers who designed it.

Plus, scientists who simulated a rat brain in a computer, neuron-by-neuron, look ahead to modeling the human brain. And, what brain disorders teach us about the brain and our sense of self.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: John Marzluff / Crow Cognition
Part 2: Idan Segev / The Human Brain Project
Part 3: Jeff Welser / Cognitive Computing
Part 4: Anil Ananthaswamy / Brain Disorders

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