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June 25, 2012

Will Neuroscience Lead To A New Type Of Mathematics?



Neuroscience


 Artificial Intelligence
Harvard Ph.D. candidate David Dalrymple proposes that studying neuroscience in conjunction with computer science will lead to a new form of mathematics as profound as the advent of calculus.
Computer scientist turned neuroscientist and Singularity University graduate, David Dalrymple was accepted to MIT graduate school at 14 years old.

Dalrymple is presently working on an ambitious vision of creating a virtual organism (specifically, emulating in software the 302-neuron nervous system of the worm C. elegans). He earned bachelor's degrees in computer science and mathematics in 2005 from the University of Maryland with honors, then spent a year working as an independent consultant in Maryland and New York before starting graduate school at MIT.

After attending Singularity University in 2010, Dalrymple decided to focus on neuroscience.  He is now a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard. His work is associated with Ed Boyden's Synthetic Neurobiology Group.

Dalrymple will also appear in this summer's The Singularity Is Near film.  

In the TEDx talk below, Dalrymple proposes that studying neuroscience in conjunction with computer science will lead to a new form of mathematics as profound as the advent of calculus.  For a deeper explanation of Dalrymple's work and theory, a lecture he presented in Marvin Minsky's class is also available.





SOURCE  TEDx Talks

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