My Friend Joshua T. Vogelstein, a neuroscientist, discusses his journey in neuroscience and his research on the fruit fly brain. He highlights the challenges of analyzing connectome data and emphasizes the importance of integrating the connectome with other aspects of neuroscience to fully understand cognition. He also talks about the ethical implications of using artificial intelligence (AI) and expresses concerns about its potential harms. Vogelstein introduces the concept of organoid intelligence and its role in machine learning pipelines, highlighting the need for further research and development. He also addresses the nature versus nurture debate in shaping the brain’s connectome and emphasizes the importance of asking clear questions in scientific inquiry. The conversation touches on topics like the potential use of hallucinogens in neuroscience studies, the limitations of these studies, and humans’ attraction to change. I have admiration for Vogelstein and his achievements as a neuroscientist and family man.
Joshua T. Vogelstein is an American biomedical engineer and an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He is also affiliated with various departments and institutes at the university, including Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biostatistics, Neuroscience, and more. Vogelstein is known for his work in connectomics and graph theory. He has directed the NeuroData lab at Johns Hopkins and has contributed to the field of connectome coding. Vogelstein holds a PhD in neuroscience and has made significant contributions to the field of biomedical engineering. He is described as a devoted husband, father, son, scientist, coach, Earthling, and conscious being.
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