What do crows, humans and machines have in common? We’re used to thinking about intelligence in certain ways — IQ, getting good marks, genius — something one either has or doesn’t have. Intelligence, however, is far from a uniquely human condition. So what is so special about the human brain? If you’ve ever wondered what actually separates us from machines, let's take a look at the brain to explore some of the fundamental questions about how it learns and adapts and how it creates, and whether or not it is just a matter of time before machines do it better!
About the Speaker:
Kshipra Gurunandan is a neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge. Her background is in mathematics and cognitive neuroscience, having worked at the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, DRDO, and studied in France, Spain and Australia. Her PhD investigated neural plasticity, with special focus on language learning, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). She is interested in the neural mechanisms of learning and how these change with age, and is currently investigating the effects of previous experience on learning and memory. Her work has received awards from international neuroscience societies as well as media attention from the Scientific American, Voice of America, Cosmos, etc.