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#098: When tech and medicine combine – talking biotech & neuroscience with Dr Hon Weng Chong

By Jordan Michaelides

Dr Hon Weng Chong ( @dr1337 ) is the CEO of CCLabs.ai, Co-Founder of CliniCloud, and Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

When I originally set out to create Neuralle, I had these grand ideas of creating this new movement of self-improvement backed by Neuroscience and Behavioural Psychology. Hence, the name Neuralle is really just “neural” in Danish (and Italian!). So when my friend Zhoe introduced me to Hon, I immediately booked him in, so I could get the opportunity to give you a run-through of this new and exciting area of Neural Computing.

Now I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, I had this super intelligent yet uniquely outgoing friend. The type of person that would humbly showcase their intelligence with some domination of a game, or solving of a complex schoolyard problem, yet carry on jumping bike ramps at the very next moment. To me, Hon is that type of guy.

The type of guy that convinces his top-tier private school to change its entire IT operating infrastructure. The type of guy that decides to casually pivot into Neural Computing, and can raise capital on Tinder.

What Hon is building with CCLabs is incredibly exciting, the type of machine that can help exponentially grow experimentation in the field of Neuroscience and Neural Computing. A Neuroscience wet-lab as a service, literally Amazon Web Services for Neuroscience.

This is a great introduction to the fields of AI and Neural Computing where we covered:

  • Tinder for raising capital
  • Why he got into medicine
  • CliniCloud and the products
  • CCLabs, its services and business model
  • Brains as CPUs – Neural Computing
  • Consciousness vs intelligence
  • How to keep a neuron alive
  • Free Energy Principle
  • Informatics
  • Training AI to learn poker

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SHOW NOTES:

01:23 – Introduction
05:12 – New office space
08:15 – Tinder for raising capital
14:05 – Working on StethoCloud
18:05 – Pivoting to AI: CCLabs
20:00 – Making apps for doctors
20:58 – Why he got into medicine
23:05 – Early tech curiosity
27:59 – Parents’ background and lessons
30:13 – Managing time between his companies
32:39 – Tech for health with GenV
38:48 – CliniCloud and the products
42:10 – The importance of the FDA
44:23 – CCLabs and its products
45:40 – How a CPU works, Quantum Computing
48:10 – Brains as CPUs – Neural Computing
53:30 – Consciousness vs intelligence
54:25 – How to keep a neuron alive
56:26 – CCLabs’ business model and funding
01:03:03 – Free Energy Principle
01:06:00 – Informatics
01:09:01 – Resources for learning
01:13:25 – Concerns for AI applications
01:15:27 – Training AI to learn poker
01:16:16 – Morning and evening rituals
01:16:47 – Best purchase under $200
01:17:25 – Who he thinks of when he hears “success”

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