- Short Films
The Royal Institutions Christmas Lectures – Meet Your Brain by Professor Bruce Hood. Fascinating lectures that present some of the most interesting features of the human brain. Lots of great information presented in a very interesting manner that’s typical for the Royal Institution.
Why is the sky blue? Why do leaves turn yellow in autumn? And why does red play so powerful a role in so many cultures? Is colour real or is it just a construct of our brains?
Drawing on the latest scientific findings and technology, Cracking the Colour Code is a series for people who are seeking answers to many of the questions that relate to colour and who, at the same time, wish to enjoy the incredible diversity and sensation that colour has to offer in our world. While colour is a child of science and physics, it triggers within us a host of emotional, intuitive and intellectual responses – deeply rooted within ourselves and our culture.
The series is both food for the intellect and the senses – delivered as a carefully arranged and orchestrated feast, yet one that is playful and provocative.
This Discovery Channel documentary explores the depths of the human mind, its mechanisms of reasoning and awareness that we are all born with, as well as its evolution over the ages.
Hosted and narrated by Canada’s legendary scientist, Dr. David Suzuki.
When the AI field was founded over 50 years ago, it was squarely focused on the grand dream of creating software displaying general intelligence at the human level or beyond. Since that time the field has drifted in a direction Ray Kurzweil has called “Narrow AI”: the creation of intelligent software applications carrying out highly particular functions.
Dr. Ben Goertzel gives an interesting talk about the development of AGI – Artificial General Intelligence, the original ideas about what an AI is, in particular describing the Novamente AI engine.
Dr Ben Goertzel is the author of The Hidden Pattern: A Patternist Philosophy of Mind and Artificial General Intelligence (Cognitive Technologies).
This is a documentary from BBC Horizon about sensory illusions. It’s fascinating to see in how many ways can our brains be fooled. Most popular are of course optical illusions, included are the illusions with colors where our brain perceives the same color as different depending on the surroundings, or the illusions with 3D space. However, all of our senses can be fooled in different ways.
Now the big question is the following. Is this simply an error in the way our brains work, or is it there for a reason? What if those errors our brains do, are actually an advantage in some way? Could they have evolved and prove useful?
This documentary by NOVA sheds some light on dreams. Even after a lot of research, dreams are still quite mysterious, and their true purpose is not completely understood. Sigmund Freud was convinced that dreaming is an expression of subdued subconsciousness, usually filled with a lot of sexual symbolism. However, psychology has changed, and this claim is not as firm as it once was. What is certain is that dreams play a key role in our lives. Dreams are essential for learning for example, as a lot of information we learn during the day is organized while we are dreaming.