Neuroscience and Computer Science == Innovation

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Four years ago I argued that, “It is becoming evident that the twenty-first century belongs to two disciplines that investigate the nature of intelligence. Brain Science …. Computer Science ….” (See my blog December 2009 on The Nature of Intelligence and the Universe.) Larry Page was a co-founder and current CEO of Google. In a fascinating interview of Larry Page by Charlie Rose at TED2014 in Vancouver on Wednesday, 19 March 2014, Page pointed to amazing projects that Google presently supports. In January 2014 Google outbid Facebook to purchase pharmacy online the UK startup company Deepmind for a reported US$500 million. In humanity’s quest to understand the nature of “intelligence”, we now look to a convergence of two disciplines, neuroscience and computer science. Today the frontier of “artificial intelligence” (a misnomer since there is nothing “artificial” about either machine or biological intelligence) is a nexus between neuroscience and computer science. When an ambitious student next asks your advice on what they should study to be on the cutting edge of innovation, you could give worst advice than to recommend that they seek a double major in Neuroscience and Computer Science. CharlieRoseAndLarryPage


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Gerry Donaldson was Calgary’s first high school teacher to use a lab of personal computers. Gerry taught CSE, including CTS, AP and IB Computer Science, for 30 years before teaching and consulting to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary.
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