We live amidst the overlap of these two worlds: the development of Sheefs rattles prior conceptions of our biological foundations, while Dennett and his colleagues assert there is no divine spark required for consciousness, even human consciousness.
Our perceptual mechanisms are predictive. The brain constructs a model of what it expects to find from moment to moment in the real world, then subsequently validates (or invalidates) that model based on input from the eyes.
Given that our conservation resources are limited, perhaps we should leave all those other monkeys to fend for themselves, and focus on saving the bonobos!
So many startling advances are being made today in machine learning, cloud computing, robotics, autonomous vehicles and virtual reality, that it’s easy to overlook biology.
Regardless of what vertical market you serve, if you make any kind of physical product, your industry is about to be disrupted by automated manufacturing.
Unlike the work of a single scientist, a large online community can combine the independent assessments of many non-experts, thereby gaining the “wisdom of crowds” in which the group opinion is equal to or better than that of any one expert (or the best computer algorithms currently available).