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Published on Apr 11, 2016
This talk series is suited for laymen. Episode 1 presents the first computational brain model that is not about piece-meal functions a brain has, but rather an overall developmental program that enables each brain to fully automatically learn throughout the life to learn an open-ended set of tasks from simple to complex. Prof. Juyang Weng expects that his model would develop and explain all major brain functions that we know. As an example, the talk explains how a baby learns to see and how to develop rich intent and emotion. The talk also explains how a general-purpose machine emerges from a biological brain and a machine brain. Prof. Weng disclosed that U.S. government has repeatedly declined to fund his research ever since he and six other scientists jointly published the new direction called autonomous mental development in Science 2001. Although such a brain model has been recently synthesized, the current human educational and research infrastructure needs a series of fundamental reforms in order for our next generations to understand how brains work.