Beyond Pavlov: Artificial intelligence researchers and neurobiologists share data on how we sort our options and make decisions

Harvard University Gazette Science & Technology Zeb Kurth-Nelson (from left), Matthew Botvinick, Naoshige Uchida, and Will Dubney at Google in London./Courtesy of Naoshige Uchida By Clea Simon Harvard Correspondent Researchers have been able to prove that the brain learns from experience since Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov conditioned dogs to drool in anticipation of food. In the 100-plus years since, however, scientists studying the brain and the emerging field of artificial intelligence (AI) have been homing in how that happens. A new paper in Nature, “A distributional code for value in…

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Talk is cheap? Action needed by the Commonwealth

University of London Gazette On paper, Commonwealth countries are committed to freedom of speech – in 2013 they signed up to Chapter V (Freedom of Expression) of the Commonwealth Charter – but does that mean much as attacks on journalists (many fatal) have been steadily rising, while press freedoms are increasingly under pressure? The Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS), University of London recently held a conference at the House of Commons on media freedom in the Commonwealth. This is what member states signed up to in the Charter: “We are…

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Rousing reception as Nigeria’s Vice President graces Federal University Dutse convocation

PMNews/UTI Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was treated to a rousing welcome as he arrived Jigawa State for the 5th convocation ceremony of the Federal University Dutse on Friday. Osinbajo, who was received at the airport by some students and the governor of Jigawa, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar will deliver a paper titled, “Facing The New Decade”. His carnival-like reception made it impossible for his bus to easily motor past the chanting crowd, most of whom were chorusing ‘Sai Osinbajo, Sai Osinbajo’. Also present at the convocation is the Emir of Dutse,…

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