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Sebastian Seung: I am my connectome



Sebastian Seung is mapping a massively ambitious new model of the brain that focuses on the connections between each neuron. He calls it our “connectome,” and it’s as individual as our genome — and understanding it could open a new way to understand our brains and our minds.

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43 thoughts on “Sebastian Seung: I am my connectome

  1. bottom line: keep studying and practicing as hard as you can possibly can, especially on the stuff that you like, and form a bunch of connectomes so you can be fkin smart. Only stop to rebalance your serotonin, otherwise, you'll end up with a fkdup brain (and a fkdup smart brain is not really good).

  2. Fucking stupid techno-evangelism. Ted talks are a great example of what happens to otherwise good science in the hands of neoliberal corporate culture. The content is ruined by the jubliant form of presentation and the ideology it seeks to edify. My phone tried to autocorrect edify to deify, and that would have been a fine correction as well.

  3. connectom))) wow))the problem of this guy is that he is saying that his brain is himself. and ONE DAY he will understand that all he was doing is learning the brain which is just the organ of the body that is receiving the signals from the world, and it is not himself. blah blah blah about nothing. he gave nothing just the theories. maybe, one day we will know, its like BBC that stretches 3 phrases on 30-45 minutes videos with scientists that look like clowns there. BORING

  4. Can we map the grey and white matter in the spine? The brain has about 100 billion neurons while the spinal cord about 1 billion so.

  5. The conectome you are talking about is like taking a picture of niagara falls. Even if you take a high-res pic of it, the picture doesn't become the falls. In your head you've conjured up an idea that simply by being able to image something gives you ability to play god.

  6. 14:27 – What theory is this? I would like to read the original notes, papers, books…? Or good references about it. PS: For scientific/didatic purposes.

  7. the whole point of technology for me at least, is to be one with it this we become immortal. to me death is so unnecessary. everyone should live forever. we have the whole universe to mine. I truly believe that the universe is all ours for the taking. I would love to be immortal and one day and begin an eternal voyage into the depths of the universe

  8. You cannot discount that a human has native input of physics from the universe without translation through a simulated environment. This connection means we have a niche in the Universe. A derivative digital representation is just a tool, which can be interpreted to 'do' certain things. Whatever is doing the interpreting is the living entity. No one is a copy of anything. We have a location in the universe that is receiving infinite input. Copying aspects of these billions of particles is not recreating those billions of particles or what they are doing being inseparable from the universe itself. No one is a connectome as much as no one is a book or some other derivative description.

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  10. I get the jist of the concept…a connectome… sort of like a system snapshot that has not only the OS and other programs but an image of the hardware required down to the individual dendrites…

    But if you took one of Alcors customers to map their connectme, and failed to do so cos it was degraded too badly then you might only deduce failure due to the technology we have today.. who's to say computers 50 years from now will not be able to see how to repair all of that damage? Now you've also killed someone needlessly (not sure how you can murder the dead?!?)

  11. Chain connections …more male , spiderweb connection more female. Map chains to star system. Look at meridiens and see how the connect to specific mapped neuronal branches in the brain. Memories are stored in the movement or the expression of the transmited info …so

  12. "I am a robot vehicle for my DNA!!!" — Slackware MOTD

    Four years hence:

    <quote>
    I tested NetworKit [1] on the dataset Test.fiber.big from [2], a human connectome with 46 million edges. It's interesting to see that it is a fairly typical complex network. Features include a power-law degree distribution with an exponent of 1.6, a giant connected component, high degree assortativity, high clustering, and a distinctive modular structure with about 800 communities. A complete profile is in the attachment.

    [1]: http://parco.iti.kit.edu/software/networkit.shtml
    [2]: http://mrbrain.cs.jhu.edu/disa/download/
    </quote>

    from:
    http://www.researchgate.net/post/What_are_current_algorithmic_challenges_in_connectome_analysis

  13. Human beings are not machines. Machines are parts that are put together to function as a whole. Living things are wholes that differentiate into parts. These "parts" only function within the context of the whole. The brain cannot be separated from the body and be a brain any more than a body can be separated from the environment. Reductionism always misses the mark. Can one really map the world of the poet?

  14. You mean back up our connectomes? We would create an individual identical to us but we wouldn't be that person unless there was a way to physically transfer our connectomes to a robot.

  15. Well, I'm a 30 year old from Texas. It's always so amazing to make deep connections with someone on the other side of the world, someone that you will likely physically meet.

    Here's to hoping that our society continues to move further towards becoming a more empathic civilization. By the way, speaking of that phrase, if you haven't watched "Jeremy Rifkin: The Empathic Civilization / Ross Institute Summer Academy 2010", I think you'd really like it.

  16. Bingo. I am so glad that someone got this point. Understanding what this guys is talking about translates to empathy, for oneself and for the rest of the human population.

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