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Welcome to the Convergent Science Network Podcast! 

During the BCBT Summerschools (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) hosting professors Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott interviewed several speakers after their lectures. Interviews are also conducted on other occasions with various scientist in converging fields.

About the hostsPaul Verschure is ICREA Professor at SPECS, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona; Tony Prescott is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Sheffield.

The Convergent Science Network of biomimetic and biohybrid systems (CSN, www.csnetwork.eu) is a coordination action for the development of future real-world technologies. CSN is supported through the Future and Emerging Technology programs (FET) of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) work programme of Framework Programme 7 of the European Commission.

Audio (post-)production: Sytse Wierenga. Podcast site: Alberto Betella.

Thoughts, discussions, and achievements in neurobiology, biomimetic and biohybrid systems

We can learn a lot from brains and bodies when making machines and robots. But reversely, building complex machine systems can also give ideas about how brains and bodies have implemented their functioning over the evolution of ages. This podcast discusses various themes and aspects in-between robotics, neuroscience, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, biology, and technology.

Cognition

Interview Paul Verchure

05-04-2018

Tony Prescott interviews Paul Verschure on his theory of the brain and how it has given rise to new hypotheses on the function and mechanisms of conscicousness

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 176.34MB - Duration: 1:31:14 m (270 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Daniel Polani

05-04-2018

We discuss the question of how biological and artificial systems can explore and find information relative to their goals. In response, Daniel explains his notion of "Empowerment".

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 174.97MB - Duration: 1:36:16 m (254 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with Friedemann Pulvermuller

05-04-2018


							 Interview with Friedemann Pulvermuller

Friedemann Pulvermuller (Free University of Berlin) is With Paul Verschure he discusses language, semantics and the building of meaning through action, and a grounding of this in the brain science.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 135.59MB - Duration: 1:38:32 m (192 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with Peter Gärdenfors

05-04-2018


							 Interview with Peter Gärdenfors

Peter Gärdenfors (Lund University) discusses with Paul Verschure how the mind can represent knowledge. He introduces a cognitive theory of conceptual spaces, built from dimensions derived from perception, action, and social grounding in society.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 95.79MB - Duration: 1:09:33 m (192 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with Moshe Bar

05-04-2018


							 Interview with Moshe Bar

Moshe Bar (Harvard Medical School, Charlestown) argues for a cognitive model that blends expectation (top-down) and sensation (bottom-up) processing. With Paul Verschure he discusses also imagination, meditation, and depression treatment in this context.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 90.23MB - Duration: 1:05:30 m (192 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with Guenther Knoblich

05-04-2018


							 Interview with Guenther Knoblich

Guenther Knoblich's work (Central European University, Budapest) focuses on joint action like performed in team sports, and acrobatics. With Paul Verschure he discusses cognitive aspects of coordination, timing, and signalling while moving together.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 88.47MB - Duration: 1:04:14 m (192 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with Kevin O'Regan

05-04-2018


							 Interview with Kevin O'Regan

Kevin O'Regan (Université Paris Descartes, France) theorizes building robots that can feel. Passing topics like sensory presence and sensorimotor laws, he and Paul Verschure reach the boundaries of what it means to 'feel'.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 87.14MB - Duration: 1:15:53 m (160 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with Michael Arbib

04-04-2018


							 Interview with Michael Arbib

After the speaker's talk at the Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology Summerschool 2010 at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott go deeper into the subjects presented.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 35.28MB - Duration: 30:42 m (160 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with Matthew Botvinick

03-04-2018


							 Interview with Matthew Botvinick

After the speaker's talk at the Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology Summerschool 2010 at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott go deeper into the subjects presented.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 58.16MB - Duration: 50:42 m (160 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with Bjorn Merker

03-04-2018


							 Interview with Bjorn Merker

After the speaker's talk at the Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology Summerschool 2010 at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott go deeper into the subjects presented.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 46.93MB - Duration: 40:53 m (160 kbps 44100 Hz)




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