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Noah Hutton writes, directs, and scores documentary and narrative films. On this episode, we discuss his documentary In Silico. In 2009, Noah watched a TED talk by Henry Markram, in which Henry claimed it would take 10 years to fully simulate a human brain. This claim inspired Noah to chronicle the project, visiting Henry and his team periodically throughout. The result was In Silico, which tells the science, human, and social story of Henry's massively funded projects - the Blue Brain Project and the Human Brain Project.
In Silico website.Rent or buy In Silico.Noah's website.Twitter: @noah_hutton.
0:00 - Intro
3:36 - Release and premier
7:37 - Noah's background
9:52 - Origins of In Silico
19:39 - Recurring visits
22:13 - Including the critics
25:22 - Markram's shifting outlook and salesmanship
35:43 - Promises and delivery
41:28 - Computer and brain terms interchange
49:22 - Progress vs. illusion of progress
52:19 - Close to quitting
58:01 - Salesmanship vs bad at estimating timelines
1:02:12 - Brain simulation science
1:11:19 - AGI
1:14:48 - Brain simulation vs. neuro-AI
1:21:03 - Opinion on TED talks
1:25:16 - Hero worship
1:29:03 - Feedback on In Silico