AI as a Window on Human Intelligence
Matthew Botvinick, M.D., Ph.D.Senior Director of Research, DeepMind, and Honorary Professor, Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College London
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The last decade has seen explosive progress in artificial intelligence, with AI systems matching or exceeding human abilities in a rapidly growing range of settings. Current AI obviously has potentially transformative implications as technology. Perhaps less obvious are the opportunities it opens for gaining a deeper understanding of human intelligence.
In this talk, Matthew Botvinick will consider those opportunities. He will start with a review of the most relevant recent developments in AI and then describe recent studies in which innovations in AI have been translated into new insights concerning the human mind and brain.