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The Turing Test, Artificial Intelligence, and Intelligent Design

Artificial intelligence and intelligent design both refer to the idea of “intelligence.” Is there a deeper understanding of intelligence that can be culled from the Turing Test? Robert J. Marks discusses the Turing test, artificial intelligence, and intelligent design with Dr. George Montañez. Show Notes 00:33 | Introducing Dr. George Montañez, Iris and Howard Critchell Assistant Professor of Computer Science Read More ›

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Can Machines Think?

What do computer scientists say about the ability of machines to think? Alan Turing, the father of modern computer science, tackled the question in 1950 and proposed the Turing test as an answer. Is the Turing test important today? Robert J. Marks discusses the Turing test with Dr. George Montañez. Show Notes 00:55 | Introducing Dr. George Montañez, Iris and Read More ›

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Bingecast: Business Intelligence and AI Accounting

Robert J. Marks and Jeremiah Marks talk about business intelligence and AI accounting. Business intelligence affects you daily from advertising and solicitation to how much you pay for tickets to watch the Dallas cowboys. How do companies use business intelligence? Technology has almost entirely replaced the travel agent and many brick and mortar stores. Could high tech tools like robots Read More ›

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Is What We Knew About the Brain All Wrong?

Robert J. Marks and Yuri Danilov discuss what we thought we knew about the brain twenty years ago, and how what we think we know now might change in another twenty? Bringing their conversation to a close, Bob and Yuri also get into the innumerable details of our phenomenally complex human visual system and consider whether our actions are initiated Read More ›

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Accelerating Neuroplasticity

How Natural Brain Healing Can Be Accelerated Using Stimulation

The brain’s lateral ability to heal itself can be accelerated by external stimulation. Today Robert J. Marks discusses brain stimulation with Yuri Danilov. Show Notes 00:47 | Introducing Yuri Danilov, Senior Scientist, Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison 01:18 | Phineas Gage (1823 – 1860) and the study of brain trauma 03:23 | Do we actually remember everything? Read More ›

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Neuroplasticity: How Your Brain Never Stops Changing

Your brain is always changing, from death till the moment you die.  Neuroscience calls this change in your brain neuroplasticity. Today Robert J. Marks discusses the brain’s ability to adapt and change throughout our lives with Yuri Danilov. Show Notes 01:00 | Introducing Yuri Danilov, Senior Scientist, Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison 03:00 | Unmasking and opening Read More ›

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Bingecast: Bursting 2018’s Top Ten Hyped Stories

In a blast from the not too distant past, we revisit Robert J. Marks’ review of 2018’s top ten exaggerations, hyperbole, and failures in artificial intelligence. Marks bursts a lot of bubbles. They serve as object lessons to see through the smoke and mirrors that continue to obscure the actual reach of artificial intelligence in 2019. Show Notes 00:30 | Read More ›

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Should We Be Afraid or Excited about AI

On an episode of The World and Everything In It, J.C. Derrick interviews Robert J. Marks on the brave new world of ethical questions and dilemmas posed by the growing use and possibilities of artificial intelligence. Show Notes 00:50 | Should one be more fearful or excited about AI? 02:00 | China, privacy, and the Fourth Amendment 02:30 | Creating Read More ›

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Edward Feser on Neurobabble and Remembering the Right Questions

Edward Feser dismantles many of the simplistic reads of contemporary neuroscience

Michael Egnor hosts a captivating conversation with Edward Feser, Aristotelian, prolific blogger, and philosopher of mind. Neurobabble and pop science dismissals of the mind, final causes, abstract thought, and free will each face Feser’s piercing critique.

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The Holy Grail of Artificial Intelligence

Gary N. Smith wonders whether AI will ever achieve common sense

Gary N. Smith and Robert J. Marks continue their discussion of IBM’s Watson and its grim future in health and medicine. The problem, they say, is that Watson amounts to a real world instance of John Searle’s “Chinese Room”. Computers don’t understand Chinese, English, or numbers for that matter. With reference to many of the leading thinkers in AI research, Read More ›

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Time Passes, Love Fades, But What Does “It” All Mean?

Gary Smith and Bob Marks on AI's incomprehension, from IBM's Watson to the Clinton campaign's Ada

Gary N. Smith and Robert J. Marks discuss the inability of AI to understand puns, lyrics, context, or anything at all. From trading futures, predicting political outcomes, and parsing lyrics, the fundamental incomprehension of artificial intelligence is a key to understanding its limitations. Show Notes 02:30 | The AI Delusion by Oxford University Press 03:00 | The importance of knowing Read More ›

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Cutting New Grooves Over Bad Vibes on our Plastic Brain

JP Moreland shares with Mike Keas how twice he was incapacitated for months by panic attacks and anxiety. His new book, Finding Quiet, seeks to make the most of his suffering, condensing the crucial lessons learned from his research. In this episode, JP outlines some practices that can heal and retrain the brain. Show Notes 01:00 | “Cutting new grooves” Read More ›

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Is Your Brain More a Muscle or a Cloud?

JP Moreland discusses the habits of anxiety and depression and how to defeat them

With guest host Mike Keas, JP Moreland discusses his new book, Finding Quiet. He addresses the relative evidence for the soul and the brain, the integration of faith with knowledge from the social and natural sciences, and biblical and practical ways to retrain your brain and body to defeat habits of anxiety and depression. Show Notes 01:15 | Knowledge of Read More ›

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Our Anxious Souls have Bodies

JP Moreland on Overcoming Anxiety Holistically, both Body and Soul
JP Moreland shares how twice he was incapacitated for months by panic attacks and anxiety. His new book, Finding Quiet, seeks to make the most of his suffering, condensing the crucial lessons learned from his research. In this episode, JP underlines the importance of addressing both the mental and material aspects of inner disorder. Read More ›
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Bingecast: 80% of the World Doesn’t Need Cutting Edge AI

Brian Thomas on sustainable and appropriate technology from Honduras to Haiti to Kenya

Will developing countries be positively impacted by AI and the newest technology? Not always, what is needed is appropriate technology. In this bingecast we ask, “What is appropriate technology?” And how can it be done sustainably? Show Notes 01:22| Brian Thomas introduction 02:00 | How can technology be appropriate or inappropriate for a developing country? 03:34 | Non-profit and the Read More ›

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The Texas Sharpshooter Fallacies

Gary Smith discusses his book, the AI Delusion, and how the pressure to publish or perish corrupts research

Bob Marks and Gary Smith offer a range of startling examples of how the pressure to publish drives a lack of rigor — and sometimes honesty — in analyzing and presenting experimental data. The result is a never ending parade of headlines in health and medicine that are unwarranted and often reversed or impossible to replicate. Shownotes 01:00 | Data Read More ›

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Gary Smith: The AI Delusion

“When I Nod My Head, Hit It!” And Other Commands that Confuse AI.

Pablo Picasso said “Computers Are Useless. They Can Only Give You Answers.”  Picasso didn’t go far enough. The answers that computers give must themselves be questioned. This is especially true of AI. Questioning AI is the topic today on Mind Matters. Show Notes 01:27 | Introduction to Gary Smith 02:40 | The AI Delusion 04:50 | Stocks and Data 07:00 Read More ›

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How Tongue Stimulation Accelerates Brain Healing

The Amazing Clinical Results from Neurostimulation

The human brain can both adapt and heal itself. Can this healing be accelerated without brain surgery? Using stimulation, of all places, to the tongue can result in incredible changes to brain functions. Can this technology help rewire the brain of those with disorders like Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy? That’s the topic today on Mind Matters. Show Notes 00:50 Read More ›

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Bingecast: Yuval Harari’s Silly Dystopian Ideas

Will infotech and biotech erode human agency, subvert human desires, and render free-market economics obsolete?  At first glance, there looks to be a wide gap between the future of AI and the destruction of democracy. Some futurists claim to have jumped that chasm. In a cheery little column published by the Atlantic, Yuval Noah Harari posits AI will ultimately destroy Read More ›