March 10, 2015 - 3:00 pm
Harvard University
March 9, 2015 - 2:00 pm
A compilation of abstracts from the student projects of the 2014 Brains, Minds, and Machines Summer Course has been published online as CBMM Memo 024. The inaugural Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM) Summer Course was held at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, from May 29 through June 12, 2014. The school was attended by 25 graduate students and postdocs from around the world, and provided a "deep end" introduction to the...
Max Tegmark
March 3, 2015 - 4:00 pm
Max Tegmark
The Future of AI: Opportunities and Challenges
Abstract: I will give a report from the recent Puerto Rico conference on this topic ( and lead a discussion of what we can do today to help maximize the future benefits of AI while avoiding pitfalls.
Potrait of Prof. Shimon Ullman
March 2, 2015 - 10:00 am
Prof. Shimon Ullman was awarded the 2015 Israel Prize in Mathematics and Computer Science Research. The Israel Prize committee cited Ullman for his “far-reaching contributions to artificial intelligence and general cognition, and particularly in the field of computer vision, and for his significant contribution to the development of the hightech industry in Israel.” The Israel Prize is awarded to Israeli cisizens for displayed excellence in...
Graphic of brain and video game characters.
February 25, 2015 - 2:30 pm
DeepMind computer provides new way to investigate how the brain works. By Elizabeth Gibney   CBMM Partner - DeepMind's research is the focus of a recent Nature article. The online article includes a video featuring interviews with Demis Hassabis and some of the DeepMind developers. Both, the article and video, discuss the recently published Nature paper by DeepMind, titled "Human-level control through deep reinforcement learning," which...
February 24, 2015 - 4:00 pm
Jorie Koster-Hale, CBMM Thrust 4 (MIT, Saxe Lab), Moral Psychology Lab (Harvard U.)
Topic: Thinking in patterns: representations in the neural basis of theory of mind
Abstract: Social life depends on understanding other people’s behavior: why they do the things they do, and what they are likely to do next. These actions are just observable consequences of an unobservable, internal...
MITaly Networking Reception
February 11, 2015 - 6:30 pm
John Assad, Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard and Deputy Director of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (...
10 new tenure-track positions at IIT
John Assad, Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard and Deputy Director of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), will discuss IIT’s new plan to recruit more than 100 tenure track scientists over the next decade, including a current call for 10 new tenure-track...
Tools for Brain-Wide Mapping of the Computations of Intelligence
February 10, 2015 - 4:00 pm
Ed Boyden, CBMM Thrust 2: Circuits for Intelligence
*Talk was rescheduled to March 10th*
Topic: Progress on the CBMM challenge questions: What is there? What’s happening now? And why?
Ideally we would have maps of the molecular and anatomical circuitry of the brain, as well as of the dynamic activity of the brain, with sufficient detail to...
February 10, 2015 - 3:00 pm
Harvard University
February 6, 2015 - 3:00 pm
This event is by invitation only.
Future of Life Institute
February 5, 2015 - 4:30 pm
Initial proposals (300–1000 words) due March 1, 2015 The Future of Life Institute, based in Cambridge, MA and headed by Max Tegmark (MIT), is seeking proposals for research projects aimed to maximize the future societal benefit of artificial intelligence while avoiding potential hazards. Projects may fall in the fields of computer science, AI, machine learning, public policy, law, ethics, economics, or education and outreach. This 2015 grants...
“Dahlia” by Katinka Matson |
January 21, 2015 - 5:45 pm
The Edge Foundation poses an annual questions to researchers and intellectuals. The Edge Question 2015 is “WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MACHINES THAT THINK?” CBMM Director Tomaso Poggio is one of the 191 contributors to have his response posted to “Turing++” Questions Recent months have seen an increasingly public debate taking form around the risks of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and in particular AGI (Artificial General Intelligence). A...
An image of neurons in a mouse hippocampus taken with expansion microscopy. Credit Ed Boyden, Fei Chen, Paul Tillberg/MIT
January 19, 2015 - 5:45 pm
Today’s New York Times article covers Prof. Ed Boyden’s new Expansion Microscopy research: Expansion Microscopy Stretches Limits of Conventional Microscopes by John Markoff New York Times “A new laboratory technique enables researchers to see minuscule biological features, such as individual neurons and synapses, at a nearly molecular scale through conventional optical microscopes.” Click here to read the full article >
Boyden, E., Chen, F. & Tillberg, P. / MIT / Courtesy of National Institutes of Health A slice of a mouse brain (left) was expanded by nearly five-fold in each dimension by adding a water-soaking salt. The result — shown at smaller magnification (right) for comparison — has its anatomical structures are essentially unchanged.
January 15, 2015 - 5:45 pm
by Ewen Callaway Nature, Vol. 517, 254, online January 09, 2015 January 15, 2015 doi:10.1038/nature.2015.16667   A recent article in Nature covers the Boyden Lab ExM research as presented by Prof. Ed  Boyden at SfN 2014: “Microscopes make living cells and tissues appear bigger. But what if we could actually make the things bigger? It might sound like the fantasy of a scientist who has read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland too many times, but the...