Monday, September 26, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Artificial brain under development


Posted on Wednesday, 27 February, 2013 | Comment icon 23 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: flaivoloka / sxc.hu

 
A team in Switzerland are building a complete and working computer simulation of the whole human brain.

The Human Brain Project (HBP) led by Henry Markram is working to create a thinking machine that operates much the same way as our own brains. The project's aim is to discover "profound insights into what makes us human, develop new treatments for brain diseases and build revolutionary new computing technologies." Supported by the EU, the project will receive one billion Euro in funding over the next ten years.

A few concerns have been raised over the ambitious project however and not just in terms of the amount of money being pumped in to it. Some believe that if it succeeds it could pave the way for artificial intelligence. "What happens if computers reach and exceed human capacities to write computer programs ?" asked philosopher Huw Price and Skype founder Jaan Tallinn in a recent study of extinction level risks to our species. The pair argued that the creation of a machine capable of building another machine more intelligent than itself would be the last invention humans ever make, paving the way for a future dominated by intelligent computers that would leave humankind in the dust.

"Henry Markram, 50, is in charge of the Human Brain Project (HBP) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland."

  View: Full article |  Source: Telegraph

  Discuss: View comments (23)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #14 Posted by Sundew on 27 February, 2013, 16:54
Found a home for it.......
Comment icon #15 Posted by Bildr on 28 February, 2013, 2:54
How can a computer mirror a brain when we dont know how 95% of the brain works? And specially when we don't even know what gives our brain our human ''power''/''capacity'' to be self aware.
Comment icon #16 Posted by nothinglizx2 on 28 February, 2013, 5:07
Where do I sign, you can experiment on me. Officially, I'm not really using my brain for much anyway! Lol, I'd say I was just kidding, although im laughing, im really not kidding!
Comment icon #17 Posted by Mr Right Wing on 28 February, 2013, 11:49
And specially when we don't even know what gives our brain our human ''power''/''capacity'' to be self aware. No probs, I think its the reductionists who believe we're robots at it again.
Comment icon #18 Posted by CuriousGreek on 1 March, 2013, 2:16
If this kind of ''machine'' can have moral values, then i'm sure i want it to be massively produced...i'll be looking forward to see it replace ''humans'' with no ethics at all...
Comment icon #19 Posted by Mag357 on 1 March, 2013, 3:28
Hasta la vista...Baby
Comment icon #20 Posted by _Only on 1 March, 2013, 3:35
If this kind of ''machine'' can have moral values, then i'm sure i want it to be massively produced...i'll be looking forward to see it replace ''humans'' with no ethics at all... Yeah! But let's appoint a team to decide who gets to remain living, and who gets replaced with machines. Oh, what fun this is! We're gods now!
Comment icon #21 Posted by Mikami on 1 March, 2013, 15:34
Maybe we were robots... and we rebelled against our creators and they just dumped us off here... naw. time to eat some dorito tacos!!
Comment icon #22 Posted by CuriousGreek on 1 March, 2013, 15:34
Yeah! But let's appoint a team to decide who gets to remain living, and who gets replaced with machines. Oh, what fun this is! We're gods now! Maybe we should call the Gods from Mt. Olympus to appoint this team
Comment icon #23 Posted by cachibatches. on 2 March, 2013, 9:13
Comical article really. They are fretting over whether we could be replaced by artifical intellligence when the artificial intelligence field is in complete shambles. I just read an article last year in a science publication in which they were talking about how scientists in the field are shocked that after all of this time they are not farther along, and really don't have any great insight as to how to get the ball down the field. But then his guy comes, talks a bit, and everyone is afraid of skynet. Whatever. Perhaps he should actually accomplish something before we get worried.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5772850
261706
162611

 
We are all living in a directionless universe
9-26-2016
A new study has revealed that, in all likelihood, the universe is expanding equally in all directions.
Is the Voynich manuscript an elaborate hoax ?
9-25-2016
Cryptographers have been attempting to decipher the text's mysterious symbols and diagrams for decades.
Police in Russia 'arrest' activist robot
9-25-2016
Police officers attempted to handcuff the contraption while it was recording data about voter opinions.
Pluto may have an ocean over 100km deep
9-24-2016
Scientists believe that the dwarf planet's interior may be filled with large quantities of liquid water.
Other news in this category
Police in Russia 'arrest' activist robot
Posted 9-25-2016 | 5 comments
Police officers attempted to handcuff the contraption while it was recording data about voter opinions....
 
This year's Ig Nobel Prize winners announced
Posted 9-23-2016 | 0 comments
It's time once again to recognize some of the most unique and peculiar research projects ever undertaken....
 
Facebook CEO aims to rid world of all disease
Posted 9-23-2016 | 19 comments
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have pledged $3 billion towards the ultimate goal of 'ending all illness'....
 
Turkish engineers build real-life Transformer
Posted 9-22-2016 | 12 comments
Shape-shifting robots have become a reality thanks to the creation of this incredible transforming car....
 
How much energy remains within the Earth ?
Posted 9-20-2016 | 7 comments
How long will it be before the Earth essentially 'dies' and all active processes grind to a halt ?...
 
1920s plan sought to drain the Mediterranean
Posted 9-18-2016 | 9 comments
A prominent German architect once proposed joining Africa and Europe by draining the Mediterranean Sea....
 
Human babies can be created using skin cells
Posted 9-13-2016 | 49 comments
Scientists have found a way for two men to reproduce without the need for any female egg at all....
 
USS Zumwalt sets sail under Capt. James Kirk
Posted 9-9-2016 | 12 comments
The state-of-the-art ship has 'boldly' ventured out on the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek TV series....
 
Scientists discover starchy 'sixth taste'
Posted 9-6-2016 | 2 comments
New research has revealed that we are actually able to detect six, rather than five distinct tastes....
 
Military is trying to build its own hoverbike
Posted 9-4-2016 | 1 comment
The US Army has been developing a rideable hoverbike concept that looks a bit like a quadcopter drone....
 
Did the Anthropocene epoch begin in 1950 ?
Posted 8-29-2016 | 9 comments
Scientists now believe that the Holocene epoch may have come to a close several decades ago....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ