Tech Day 2013: Joshua Tenenbaum PhD ’99 – The Brain as Computer


MIT Alumni Association
The human brain is the single most impressive computational artifact in existence. It has long been an assumption that it is best understood scientifically as some kind of computer. But what kind? This talk will touch on the two classic views of the brain as a symbolic logic engine, and the brain as a statistical learning machine. However successful each of these models has been, they cannot explain or reproduce the heart of human common sense. Prof. Tenenbaum will consider a third alternative: the brain as a simulation engine in which he combines aspects of the two classic views into a model that is capable of explaining human common-sense reasoning.

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