Sparx: Season 1, Episode 4

symbiosis of man and machine

According to Pascal Kaufmann, founder of the Mindfire Group, artificial intelligence has so far only been able to solve problems based on given rules. However, he wants to enable AI to do more.

At the beginning of his career, neuroscientist Pascal Kaufmann connected the brains of living beings to robots. He researched which signals arrive at the brain via the electrodes connected to the optic nerves and spinal cord. That was about 20 years ago – the first symbiosis between man and machine.

Since then, a lot has happened in this field and Pascal Kaufmann is now working as the head of the Mindfire Group on the “moon landing of the 21st century”: Cracking the principle of human intelligence and thus a breakthrough in the field of AI.

This is not artificial intelligence as we know it today, which solves given problems based on rules. It is AI that is supposed to be able to master unknown situations by means of know-how transfers – just like we humans do.

To this end, he is creating Mindfire, the largest AI laboratory in the world, a planet of its own in the virtual world, where the brightest minds in this field can network and work together.


Pascal Kaufmann (born in 1978) is a neuroscientist, tech entrepreneur and founder of the Mindfire Group. Together with thousands of other AI experts across the globe, the native of Switzerland is working on cracking the braincode and creating human-like artificial intelligence. His motto is “Pushing the limits of the unknown”. When Pascal Kaufmann takes a break – which is not very often – he likes to eat pear sorbet.

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