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Quantum mechanics and human consciousness, developing technologies for brain-inspired computation

04 Feb 2021 Hamish Johnston

Do quantum effects such as entanglement and coherence play a role in consciousness? In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast, Betony Adams of the Center for Quantum Technology at South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal talks about recent developments in the burgeoning and contentious field of quantum biophysics.

Also in this week’s podcast is Giacomo Indiveri, who is professor at the Institute of Neuroinformatics at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich and editor-in-chief of the new journal Neuromorphic Computing and Engineering. Indiveri explains how researchers are developing new neuromorphic technologies that mimic how information is processed by the nervous system. He also talks about his own research on developing neuromorphic cognitive systems using very large scale integrated circuits and chats about the scope and aims of the new journal.

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