August 2022 Newsletter
Ethical Implications of AI that Acts Like You
Reid McIlroy-Young et al
Mimetic models utilize artificial intelligence to mimic the behavior of human beings in certain tasks or while generating language. Ethical issues arise with the existence of these algorithms, as they can simulate the actions of specific individuals. Using mimetic models, humans can prepare for social scenarios, improve the function of chatbots, or automate the creation of messages.
Modulating Hippocampal Gamma Oscillations using Posterior Cingulate Cortex Stimulation
Carlos Davila et al
Neuromodulation through closed-loop brain stimulation can help restore the ability to encode memories for patients with memory disorders. Researchers have developed a brain-computer interface system to stimulate the posterior cingulate cortex, raising oscillatory activity in the hippocampus and improving memories that are subsequently formed.
Mind Uploading Media
Dong Song: Hippocampal Memory Prosthesis
Foresight Neurotech Group
Dong Song is a professor at USC and the director of the USC Neural Modeling and Interface Laboratory, where he develops neural prostheses. He talks about his research and advances in neurotechnology at a meeting of the Foresight Neurotech group. His lab has created neural interfaces that emulate the hippocampus and restore cognitive function.
Carboncopies has been doing some renovations on our podcast series, which is now on Spotify! We have a new logo, new theme music from Scott Holmes Music, and a new podcast host, Luca Kosina.
What Is Consciousness?
Dr. Michael Graziano
Michael Graziano, a psychology professor at Princeton, explains his theory of consciousness, the Attention Schema Theory. This says that consciousness can be defined as subjective awareness, and that such awareness is constructed in a representative model. Based on this theory, consciousness can be emulated like any other function of the brain.
Open Tasks & Roles
Software Developer Lead
ERS Division, BrainGenix
As the Lead of the Environmental Rendering System (ERS) division, you will be part of our neural simulation platform department at the Carboncopies Foundation. You will take on managerial tasks of the division, including overseeing the team, onboarding members, creating updates on progress, and managing meetings.
In this role, you would be part of a team working to develop the features for multiple projects within our scalable and distributed neuron simulation system. You would be responsible for developing and maintaining C++ code on Linux using CMake.
The BrainGenix Department is seeking game developers to design the mechanics and systems for our upcoming Open-Source WBE video game.
Video Game Story Writer
The purpose of this role is to aid in writing the storyline for a video game we are developing.
IT Department Lead
Office of Operations
As the lead of the IT Department, you would be part of the Operations Office and join a team consisting of the leads and co-leads of HR and Governance, led by our COO. Your initial task as the lead of our IT Department would be to establish the department. Once the department has been set up, you’ll be responsible for managing the team to meet the IT needs of the Carboncopies Foundation.
You will be responsible for designing and writing OpenCL-based compute kernels for a range of problems — from physics simulations to sensory translation.
The Vulkan developer will help with designing and writing a high-performance real-time rendering system designed to work on headless servers.
The BrainGenix Department is seeking level designers for creating the virtual environments for our upcoming Open-Source video game. As a level designer, you would be responsible for creating detailed open-world environments with our editor.
We are looking for someone who can produce 3D models for our open-source video game. As a 3D modeler, you would be working with our BrainGenix and Communications departments, joining a team of motivated, talented professionals.
Video Game Story Writer
The BrainGenix Department is seeking a video game story writer to aid in writing the storyline for our upcoming Open-Source WBE video game.
You will be assisting in the creation of neuroscience-related digital content for organizational events.
The Publishing Department is seeking an animator to help create videos for a public awareness campaign and other projects. Your role will be to develop animations to accompany text. You will help the Carboncopies Foundation reach a broader audience with interesting and informative content.