Could a Neuroscientist Understand a Microprocessor?

post by Gunnar_Zarncke · 2017-01-20T12:40:04.553Z · score: 10 (10 votes) · LW · GW · Legacy · 3 comments

This is a link post for http://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005268

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comment by Qiaochu_Yuan · 2017-01-21T18:52:27.876Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

FYI, I didn't click this link earlier because I thought it was going to be an annoying opinion piece, but this is actually cool.

comment by NatashaRostova · 2017-01-22T23:03:44.867Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

This is pretty cool. It reminds me of an article I read on brain surgery recently (https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/03/magazine/karl-ove-knausgaard-on-the-terrible-beauty-of-brain-surgery.html). Where the surgeon keeps the patient awake, and zaps different parts of the brain to see what they map to. They don't even try to pretend they understand the system, but try to map simple correlations.

comment by lifelonglearner · 2017-01-21T15:56:28.233Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Wow, this is really cool! I don't know much about neuroscience, but their idea of studying known complex systems to calibrate is super interesting!