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Crossed intelligences of two brains of science

Robert Laffont's "Most Beautiful Story of Intelligence" offers an amazing dialogue between neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene and Yann LeCun, head of artificial intelligence at Facebook.

The book. When two brains of science meet to speak intelligence, this gives this interview book, divided, without surprise, into three parts. One for one, Stanislas Dehaene, neuroscientist, professor at the College de France in experimental cognitive psychology, also known to chair the Scientific Council of Education. Another for Yann LeCun, a professor at New York University and "chief scientist" of artificial intelligence at Facebook. And one last, allowing dialogue between the two.

The form selected, questions-answers of the journalist Jacques Girardon, certainly gives rhythm but also has the failure to interrupt the course of thought of these two eminent researchers or to take the reader in directions that he did not want to follow. But apart from this defect, the harvest of knowledge is rich.

Links between disciplines

Stanislas Dehaene begins by surprising by evoking the intelligence of oysters or plants, able to adapt to their environment. Then he goes back to the major steps that led to human intelligence: the perception of the environment, of course, the ability to produce probabilistic inferences, the interaction with others, the language … On the latter, he returns to one of his specialties and on what led him to advise the state, namely reading. He concludes this panorama with a prospective vision of the fact that, according to him, today's man is only one stage of evolution and that he could evolve further, becoming more intelligent, notably through interfaces with computers, chips, machines …

The transition is all to hand over to his "old" acquaintance Yann LeCun, with whom he had participated at a very young colloquium on artificial intelligence in the 1980s in the United States (they were the only French). The computer scientist also returns to the story, in this case …


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