Sensory Prediction Error Signals in the Neocortex with Blake Richards

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Today we continue our 2019 NeurIPS coverage, this time around joined by Blake Richards, Assistant Professor at McGill University and a Core Faculty Member at Mila.

Blake was an invited speaker at the Neuro-AI Workshop, and presented his research on “Sensory Prediction Error Signals in the Neocortex.” In our conversation, we discuss a series of recent studies on two-photon calcium imaging. We talk predictive coding, hierarchical inference, and Blake’s recent work on memory systems for reinforcement learning. Make sure you head over to to follow along with this series!

Thanks to our sponsor!

Thanks to our friends at Shell for their support of the podcast and their sponsorship of the NeurIPS 2019 series.

Shell has been an early adopter of a wide variety of AI technologies to support use cases across retail, trading, new energies, refineries, exploration, and many more, and is doing some really interesting things, but don’t take it from me.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently noted that “What’s happening at Shell is pretty amazing. They have a very deliberate strategy of using AI, right across their operation… from the drilling operations to safety.”

Last year the company established the Residency Programme, a 2 year, full-time program that allows data scientists and AI engineers to gain experience working on a variety of AI projects across all Shell businesses. If this interests you, I’d encourage you to hit pause and head over to to learn more.

About Blake

Mentioned in the Interview

  • Video w/ Slides: Sensory Prediction Error Signals in the Neocortex
  • LincLab Research Projects
  • Mila Research Projects
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