Perception of a familiar face, such as Scarlett Johansson, is more robust than for unfamiliar faces, such as German celebrity Karoline Herferth.  Photos: Wikimedia Commons
March 22, 2019 - 12:00 pm
McGovern Institute researchers find that the brain starts to register gender and age before recognizing a face. Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research Our brains are incredibly good at processing faces, and even have specific regions specialized for this function. But what face dimensions are we observing? Do we observe general properties first, then look at the details? Or are dimensions such as gender or other identity details...
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March 20, 2019 - 4:00 pm
Demis Hassabis, Co-Founder & CEO, DeepMind
This talk is co-hosted by the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines (CBMM) and MIT Quest for Intelligence.
Abstract: Demis Hassabis will discuss the capabilities and power of self-learning systems. He will illustrate this with reference to some of DeepMind's recent breakthroughs, and talk about...
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March 19, 2019 - 4:30 pm
Dr. Amnon Shashua, President and CEO Mobileye, an Intel company; Senior Vice President, Intel Corporation;...
Please note change of location - this talk will be held in MIT 10-250.
This talk is co-hosted by the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines (CBMM) and MIT Quest for Intelligence.
Speaker Biography: Professor Amnon Shashua is senior vice president at Intel Corporation and president and chief...
March 16, 2019 - 12:30 pm
Dr. Farahnaz Wick, Harvard Medical School
Enjoy this special presentation in the Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Blue Wing, Level 1
Dr. Farahnaz Wick, a cognitive scientist from the MIT Center for Brains Minds and Machines, will discuss how we pay attention to the bustling world around us. Dr. Wick is a postdoc working with...
Natural Language Processing’s Crazy Busy Start to 2019
March 15, 2019 - 10:15 am
by Gino Diño Natural language processing (NLP) and Generation (NLG) continue to boom, powered by rapid advances in machine learning. Slator continually monitors NLP and NLG as the umbrella category to which machine translation (MT) belongs, because developments in these areas may eventually impact the language services market. Additionally, machine translation as well as language services and tech are mixing well with the broader AI and machine...
MIT researchers have found that the part of the visual cortex known as the inferotemporal (IT) cortex is required to distinguish between different objects.  Image: Chelsea Turner, MIT
March 13, 2019 - 10:45 am
Study shows that a brain region called the inferotemporal cortex is key to differentiating bears from chairs. Anne Trafton | MIT News Office As visual information flows into the brain through the retina, the visual cortex transforms the sensory input into coherent perceptions. Neuroscientists have long hypothesized that a part of the visual cortex called the inferotemporal (IT) cortex is necessary for the key task of recognizing individual...
Boris Katz
March 13, 2019 - 9:30 am
Boris Katz has spent his career trying to help machines master language. He believes that current AI techniques aren’t enough to make Siri or Alexa truly smart. by Will Knight iri, Alexa, Google Home—technology that parses language is increasingly finding its way into everyday life. Boris Katz, a principal research scientist at MIT, isn’t that impressed. Over the past 40 years, Katz has made key contributions to the linguistic abilities of...
Prof. Tomaso Poggio speaking in Prague
March 11, 2019 - 1:15 pm
At the end of the 2019 edition of the Machine Learning Conference of Prague, we spent some time together with one of the event’s speaker, Tomaso Poggio, who is the Eugene McDermott professor in MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the director of the NSF Center for Brains, Minds and Machines at MIT. As one of the founders of computational neuroscience, he is a devote supporter of interdisciplinarity as a fundamental instrument...
Becoming Human: Unnatural Genius [Channel News Asia]
March 11, 2019 - 9:45 am
A new video series episode exploring Artificial Intelligence features three CBMM researchers - Tomaso Poggio, Elizabeth Spelke, and Max Tegmark - starting around 38:48. The whole episode is worth watching if you have the time. Synopsis about the series from the production website follows: "Enlai explores how natural intelligence inspires artificial intelligence. He meets A.I. trained to think like artists, musicians, doctors & scientists,...
Top row: (l-r) Maxwell Sherman, Lily Weng, Yen-Ling Kuo, Guillermo Bernal. Second row: (l-r) Marie Charpignon, Mohamed Ismail, Subby Olubeko, Manon Revel.
March 7, 2019 - 3:45 pm
Research projects show creative ways MIT students are connecting computing to other fields. Kim Martineau | MIT Quest for Intelligence ... Robots that understand language The more that robots can engage with humans, the more useful they become. That means asking for feedback when they get confused and seamlessly absorbing new information as they interact with us and their environment. Ideally, this means moving to a world in which we talk to...
March 5, 2019 - 4:00 pm
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Nancy Kanwisher and Josh Tenenbaum
February 26, 2019 - 4:00 pm
Gabriel Kreiman
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February 21, 2019 - 12:45 pm
By Tom Strange We are far from AI-based systems that can reason the way humans do. Once associated with negative connotations - such as unemployment due to job automation and industry redundancy, or sci-fi movie plot-lines to ‘destroy the world’ - AI is now widely accepted, adopted and better understood by people outside of the technology sector. An array of accessible mainstream AI applications means it has been seamlessly integrated into many...
February 19, 2019 - 4:00 pm
Boris Katz, Andrei Barbu and Shimon Ullman

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