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Artificial brain under development

By T.K. Randall
February 27, 2013 · Comment icon 23 comments



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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.[!gad]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. By creating a computer simulation of an entire human brain.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (23)


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Comment icon #14 Posted by Sundew 10 years ago
Found a home for it.......
Comment icon #15 Posted by Bildr 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
Hasta la vista...Baby
Comment icon #20 Posted by _Only 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
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. 10 years ago
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.


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