umAnI | Human and artificial intelligence: from the brain to ChatGPT - Tomaso Poggio

umAnI | Human and artificial intelligence: from the brain to ChatGPT - Tomaso Poggio

Date Posted:  May 6, 2024
Date Recorded:  April 17, 2024
CBMM Speaker(s):  Tomaso Poggio
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Welcome to the third episode of the "umAnI" podcast, a deep dive into the world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) with Tomaso Poggio from MIT (USA), who shares with us his enlightening point of view on the past, present and future of this revolutionary technology that is shaping our way of life. Tomaso Poggio, physicist and neuroscientist, professor and director of the Center for Brains, Minds & Machines, is one of the most influential and versatile scientists in the global field. Recognized as one of the pioneers of modern AI, he has explored fundamental questions such as how the brain works, human and computational vision, and automatic machine learning. He also mentored and supervised brilliant students who, once they left the Poggio Lab at MIT, left a significant mark on the world: among them, Demis Hassabis, CEO of Google DeepMind, the mind behind revolutionary technologies such as Gemini, AlphaGo and AlphaFold . In this conversation Tomaso offers us his perspective on various topics related to the world of AI, including: - How biological analogies influenced the development of artificial neural networks; and the bridge between "machine learning" and neuroscience.

- The scope and boundaries of "large language models" such as ChatGPT and Gemini, highlighting distinctions from human reasoning.
- The ability to conduct comparative studies between various forms of intelligence, both human and artificial, for deeper understanding, similar to how Drosophila DNA research has revolutionized our approach to human disease.
- The urgent need to develop a comprehensive theory of intelligence, to which theoretical physics can make a great contribution.
- The impact of AI on society, politics and art, the importance of its democratization, and future social scenarios.
- Many other interesting things, including a surprise at the end: what would be the first question that Tomaso would ask a possible Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)?

Happy listening!