Human Entities 2020: Joe Paton

  • Location:
    Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Campo Santa Clara 142-145, 1100-474 Lisbon, Portugal. Open-air event.

On minds and machines
Joe Paton
Computational neuroscientist, director of the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme

Brains and computers both perform computations, yet for the most part, their similarity ends there. Nervous systems have evolved over the last several hundred million years to support the survival of organisms in which they are situated. Man made computers exist due to theoretical and technical innovations of the 20th century, and are powerless without our explicit instruction. This talk will explore some of the features of nervous system structure and function, highlighting their differences and similarities when compared to computers and modern computer algorithms for machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Joe Paton
Joe Paton, Ph.D., is a computational neuroscientist and director of the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme at the Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon, PT and co-director of the FENS-Cajal Advanced Training Course in Computational Neuroscience. Originally trained as a biologist, he received his doctoral degree in Neurobiology and Behavior from Columbia University. His research laboratory focuses on understanding the algorithms and neural circuit mechanisms underlying intelligent, adaptive behavior.


The talk will be in English and followed by a Q&A session. Free entry, booking required:

This event is part of: Human Entities 2020: culture in the age of artificial intelligence, Fourth edition
Public talks, November 2020, Lisbon, Portugal

Organised by CADA in partnership with the Lisbon Architecture Triennale

Financiamento/Funded by: República Portuguesa – Cultura | Direção-Geral das Artes
Apoio/Support: Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, NOVA LINCS e ISCTE-IUL
Design: Marco Balesteros (LETRA)
Agradecimentos/Acknowledgements: Éter, Produção Cultural