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The Puppet Master: How the brain controls the body

Event

December
082005

18:30 - 19:30

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

Francis Crick Lecture

By Professor Daniel Wolpert, University of Cambridge

The effortless ease with which humans moveour arms, our eyes, even our lips when we speakmasks the true complexity of the control processes involved. This is evident when we try to build machines to perform human control tasks. While computers can now beat grandmasters at chess, no computer can yet control a robot to manipulate a chess piece with the dexterity of a six-year-old child. A major factor that makes control hard is the uncertainty inherent in the world and in our own sensory and motor systems. Daniel will explain how the brain deals with this and demonstrate that a key feature of skilled human motor performance is the ability of the brain to perform optimally in the presence of uncertainty.

This lecture is FREE. No tickets or advance booking required.

The Puppet Master: How the brain controls the body

Francis Crick Lecture by Professor Daniel Wolpert, University of Cambridge

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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