Biological vs. Artificial Intelligence: Panayiota Poirazi decodes the mysteries of the brain at the Athens Science Festival

11 March, 2024 News

The question of whether the human brain is a kind of computer has occupied humanity since the dawn of the Information Age, when we discovered that machines can solve problems by manipulating symbols and Alan Turing wondered if computers “can think.”

To date, there is no clear answer to the question. However, it is certain that artificial intelligence is now an important tool for scientists to better understand the crown of our nervous system.

Dr. Panayiota Poirazi holds a prominent position among them, using computational approaches – machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms – to understand brain function. And through her talk at the Athens Science Festival, entitled “Decoding the mysteries of biological and artificial Intelligence” she will guide us in a fascinating exploration of the wonderful world of the brain – both biological and artificial.

What are the differences and similarities between biological and artificial neural networks? How do they communicate with each other, how much energy do they consume, and what does their ability to reason entail? Who would be the winner in a “biological versus artificial intelligence” battle?

Are you a curious mind or a technology enthusiast? Come to ASF and together with Dr. Poirazi we will try to solve the riddle of the complexity of biological brains and the computational power of artificial brains, through a Tale of Change that will enrich your knowledge about the present and future of artificial intelligence.

About Dr. Panayiota Poirazi

Panayiota Poirazi is a Research Director and head of the Dendrites Lab ( at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH). She has a Bachelor in Mathematics from the University of Cyprus, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Her work has significantly advanced our understanding of how single neurons compute. She has received numerous awards for her academic achievements, including an Einstein Foundation fellowship and the Alexander von Humboldt Wilhelm Bessel Research Award.

Sunday 21 April 2024 | Purifier | Time: 19:00

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