Curious to crack the neural code? Listen carefully

Shahin Farshchi Contributor Shahin Farschi is a partner at Lux Capital. More posts by this contributor: Need jobs? Get robots, and education right Perhaps for the first time ever, our noggins have stolen the spotlight from our hips.  The media, popular culture, science, and business are paying more attention to the brain than ever. Billionaires want to plug into it. Scientists view neurodegenerative disease as the next frontier after cancer and diabetes, hence increased efforts in understanding the physiology of he brain. Engineers are building computer programs that leverage “deep learning” which mimic our limited understanding of the human brain. Students are flocking to Universities to learn how to build artificial intelligence for everything from search to finance to robotics to self-driving cars. Public markets are putting premiums on companies doing machine learning of any kind. Investors are throwing bricks of cash at startups building or leveraging artificial intelligence in any way. Silicon Valley’s obsession with the brain has just begun. Futurists and engineers are anticipating artificial intelligence surpassing human intelligence. Facebook is talking about connecting to users through their thoughts.  Serial entrepreneurs Bryan Johnson and Elon Musk have set out to augment human intelligence with AI by pouring tens of millions of…


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