Skip to comments.Scientists to simulate human brain inside a supercomputer(666?)
Posted on 10/13/2012 1:19:43 PM PDT by Dallas59
(CNN) -- There's no escaping the fact that the Human Brain Project, with its billion-dollar plan to recreate the human mind inside a supercomputer, sounds like a science fiction nightmare.
But those involved hope their ambitious goal of simulating the tangle of neurons and synapses that power our thought processes could offer solutions to tackling conditions such as depression, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's.
The Human Brain venture is the next step in a long-running program that has already succeeded in using computers to create a virtual replica of part of a rat's neocortex -- a section of the brain believed to control higher functions such as conscious thought, movement and reasoning.
Scientists at its forerunner, the Switzerland-based Blue Brain Project, have been working since 2005 to feed a computer with vast quantities of data and algorithms produced from studying tiny slivers of rodent gray matter.
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This was already done a long time ago. HAL 9000.
But will it help cure socialism, Marxism, and liberalism?
No, it will merely perfect them.
Be afraid, be very, very afraid...
Perhaps now we can get some decent AI in computer games.
Guffaw. I recently made a related argument in one of my philosophy courses for why AI is likely a pipe dream.
For this in particular, despite a great deal of knowledge that’s been accumulated under of the umbrella of cognitive neuroscience research, we still don’t know much about how a brain actually works (much less mind itselfthe two are not necessarily equivalent phenomena).
Sounds like a nice waste of money at this point to attempt building functional models of brains inside of computers. Even if we possessed sufficient knowledge about how brains work, it may be the case that brains work in a way that could never be simulated in model via computers no matter how powerful, given the mathematical bounds of computability. At least not without introducing certain simplifying assumptions, simplifications which themselves may destroy the practical value of such a simulation.
As long as they don’t simulate a liberal’s brain, then they should be OK. Otherwise, the computer will eventually will be looking to join a union or demand free stuff.
Unless it has a quantum mechanical component to it, it will just be a big computer.
When will Skynet become self-aware???
Won’t happen. They don’t know how the mind operates, so they won’t be able to simulate it.
What they will do, is mimic one aspect of the mind’s functioning, and then say they have succeeded.
But it will never be alive and will never have a soul.....the essence of man
considering they're starting with rat brains, it's a no-brainer (sorry).......BEN
As I remember, that ended badly.
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