Chris recently paid a visit to the
Toronto Public Library,
where he talked about recent advances in modeling the connection between biology and cognition using
the semantic pointer architecture, and Spaun in particular.
This was the inaugural lecture for the Krembil Foundation Cutting Edge series, focused on health
and technology. Chris' talk, as well as the interview and audience questions, can be seen in full here.
On June 1, 2015, nearly two years after its initial release,
How to Build a Brain
will be available in paperback for $40 (50 CAD).
To celebrate, here are some of our favorite pieces of feedback
we've received on the book, the research described in the book,
and presentations we've given on that research.
My company's CEO told me about this book. I'm almost through my
first reading, and it is...humbling. This book contains more
information in fewer pages than any other book I have read on the
subject. It's an academic text, but it is good if you are hard core
enough to read it.
— Sam Caldwell, HBB review on amazon.com
The brain is a big thing, and including the whole thing in one book
is probably somewhat optimistic... And it is certainly a sign of a
good book that you want more, not less. A great read.
— Simon Laub, HBB review on amazon.com
— Lee Yoon-Kyoung, HBB review on amazon.com
Actually disgusting that the "eBook" is just a scrollable PDF. $60+
for this is just evil. The actual book is great.
— Hannu, HBB review on amazon.com
Whoah, that's some Ghost in the Shell shit right there.
— Hiratana on Reddit
Nice fellow. Looks like some sort of druid wizard. Extremely
intelligent and it does show. Decent lectures.
— Anonymous RateMyProfessors.com review of Chris Eliasmith
Chris is the least evasive of the AI researchers I've seen in interviews.
— zanyguitar, comment on Singularity 1 on 1 interview
He looks like Aaron Paul's hippie doppelganger
— Kwlo Katastasi, comment on TedX talk
I love this guy
— Lokazra, comment on TedX talk
Paul Thagard, Professor of Philosophy at UWaterloo
and fellow member of the
Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience,
wrote a blog post
calling the Semantic Pointer Architecture (SPA)
a new synthesis in cognitive science,
bringing together symbolicist and connectionist approaches.
As in connectionism, semantic pointers are patterns of firing in
large neural populations, but Eliasmith has figured out how to make
them also work like symbols in high-level reasoning. ... SPA
provides a detailed, neurologically plausible, and mathematically
rigorous account of how the dynamics of embodiment, embedding, and
Read more at his blog post.
Also check out more of
Dr. Thagard's writing at Psychology Today!
A great collection of recent philosophy of mind/neuroscience has just been released at
http://www.open-mind.net. It's equivalent to a 2000 page book, and
Dr. Eliasmith is one of the many contributors. Check it out! Here's the start of the press release:
The MIND Group, run by the Mainz-based philosophy professor Thomas Metzinger, has chosen an unusual and innovative way to celebrate a special anniversary. Instead of organizing a one-off event, such as a conference, Professor Thomas Metzinger and Dr. Jennifer Windt are editing a collection of articles that document state-of-the-art research on the mind and the brain, consciousness, and the self. The collection will be freely available online at http://www.open-mind.net to anyone interested and will subsequently be published as a 2,000-page book. The project is supported by a local team of advanced undergraduate and graduate students at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). The contributions were written by 92 junior and senior members of the MIND Group, including internationally renowned researchers working in various areas of philosophy, psychology, and the neurosciences. The collection, which is being announced to the international press, commemorates the 20th meeting of the MIND Group and its more than 10 years of existence.