Dr. Karl Friston: Why Health Care Practitioners Should Learn About Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Karl Friston: Why Health Care Practitioners Should Learn About Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Karl Friston: Why Health Care Practitioners Should Learn About Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Karl Friston with Dr. Ted Achacoso: Why Health Care Practitioners Should Learn About Artificial Intelligence

Why should doctors and health care practitioners learn about artificial intelligence? This is one of the main topics we dive into in this episode of the Smarter Not Harder podcast with guest, Dr. Karl Friston. 

Who is Dr. Karl Friston? 

Karl Friston is a theoretical neuroscientist and authority on brain imaging. He invented statistical parametric mapping (SPM), voxel-based morphometry (VBM) and dynamic causal modelling (DCM). These contributions were motivated by schizophrenia research and theoretical studies of value-learning, formulated as the dysconnection hypothesis of schizophrenia. Mathematical contributions include variational Laplacian procedures and generalised filtering for hierarchical Bayesian model inversion. Friston currently works on models of functional integration in the human brain and the principles that underlie neuronal interactions. His main contribution to theoretical neurobiology is a free-energy principle for action and perception (active inference). Friston received the first Young Investigators Award in Human Brain Mapping (1996) and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (1999).

In 2000 he was President of the international Organization of Human Brain Mapping. In 2003 he was awarded the Minerva Golden Brain Award and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2006. In 2008 he received a Medal, College de France and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of York in 2011. He became of Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in 2012, received the Weldon Memorial prize and Medal in 2013 for contributions to mathematical biology and was elected as a member of EMBO (excellence in the life sciences) in 2014 and the Academia Europaea in (2015).

He was the 2016 recipient of the Charles Branch Award for unparalleled breakthroughs in Brain Research and the Glass Brain Award - a lifetime achievement award in the field of human brain mapping. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Zurich and Radboud University.

What did Dr. Ted talk about with Dr. Karl Friston?

0:00:43- About Dr. Karl Friston

00:07:22- The disconnection hypothesis of schizophrenia

00:12:07- The challenges of developing tools to investigate the connection hypothesis of schizophrenia

00:24:14 The difficulties of presenting ideas that are ahead of time 

00:32:01 How Dr. Karl Friston got involved in the COVID situation

00:45:16 The free energy principle and coacervate droplets

00:59:13 Is biological life necessary for consciousness or is self evidencing enough? 

01:09:50 The different theories for explaining the nature of things

01:18:18 The uncertainty of beliefs 

01:26:03 What is the REBUS model?

01:33:16 How psychedelics can induce entropy in a controlled way 

01:46:37 The definition of Artificial Intelligence 

01:51:59 What is the embodied cognition?

01:58:06 Is curiosity necessary for the expression of the free energy principle?  

02:14:05 Learning as humans in evolution 

02:27:35 The future of machine learning models 

02:33:00 What imaging tools need to be developed for the future

02:41:31 What’s next for pharmacology

02:51:59 How we should proceed with psychedelic research

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