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Are insect brains the secret to great AI? - Frances S. Chance

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Are insects the key to brain-inspired computing? Neuroscientist Frances S. Chance thinks so. In this Talk, she shares examples of the incredible capabilities of insects— like the dragonfly's deadly accurate hunting skills and the African dung beetle's super strength— and shows how untangling the mysterious web of neurons in their tiny brains could lead to breakthroughs in computers, AI and more.

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