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Speaker(s): Professor Sebastian Seung
Recorded on 13 June 2012 at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Sebastian Seung, a dynamic young professor at MIT, is at the forefront of a revolution in neuroscience which believes that the basis of our identity lies not in our genes but in the connections between our brain cells. Just as the genome has been mapped, so Seung plans to map the "connectome". By mapping this "connectome", Seung hopes to unlock the mysteries of identity and personality.
Sebastian Seung is Professor of Computational Neuroscience at MIT and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He has made important advances in robotics, neuroscience, neuroeconomics and statistical physics. His research has been published in leading scientific journals, and also featured in The New York Times, Technology Review, and The Economist. This event celebrates the publication of his new book Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are.