Washington DC "tis the season"

A strange aspect of living in Washington is how, come the holiday season, the weather turns actually winter-like (as if on cue) and how there seem to be an endless stream of holiday parties that successively pile up on the days as if they were storm waves crashing up on a beach. So it is this year living along side the Potomac River.

I gave a talk yesterday on artificial intelligence–a topic that I get asked about quite a bit, but one that I’ve always felt somewhat removed from, given my own work in neuroscience. And yet, the field of AI has made great strides since Marvin Minsky–although my take is we’re not anywhere near the “strong AI” that was sold last century. One way new way to think about AI I suppose may be to go beyond the Turing Test towards some deeper understanding of our own consciousness and what it means to be self-aware.

And so we return to the topic of studying consciousness and the mind–which is the raison d’etre of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study.

Happy Holidays,
Jim