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Talk by Professor Christoph von der Malsburg

Frankfurt Institute for Advances Studies (FIAS), Frankfurt, Germany

21 Jun 2013 15:00
21 Jun 2013 16:00
INM-6, Bldg. 15.22, Seminar Room 3009, 1. OG

The Architectural Basis of Cognitive Systems --How to kick the attempt to emulate and thereby understand the brain into action again--

In the mid-eighties, articles in the New York Times praised the potential of artificial neural networks for soon understanding the brain and revolutionizing information technology.  Today, general expectations are high again, but most practitioners are muted about those promises. Given that monetary and computational resources are not the issue, what are the hurdles to decisive progress?  Using vision as sample domain, I will outline the shape of a cognitive architecture that can serve to integrate functional sub-systems, to represent situations comprehensively and to self-construct and learn.  I predict a new kind of computational hardware medium deviating radically from present digital technology will pave the way to affordable applications.