Megan Peters

Others, like the computational neuroscientist Megan Peters [associate professor of cognitive science] of the University of California, Irvine, bristled at media coverage that reported the results as a two-horse race between GNWT and IIT rather than a field with multiple contenders. Instead of focusing on winners and losers, Peters said, it’s important to see that science advances by learning from each experimental hurdle. Still, Peters remains a fan of adversarial collaborations. During the Covid-19 lockdown, she was inspired by the Templeton process to help organize a series of workshops hosted by the Cognitive Computational Neuroscience conference. In these “generative adversarial collaborations,” researchers engaged in robust debate. “Watching the teams chew on stuff was instructive,” she said.

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