The mysteries of the human brain to be discovered? Somewhere in Switzerland:
We are talking about the Human Brain Project, Markram's audacious plan to build a working model of the human brain – from neuron to hemisphere level – and simulate it on a supercomputer within the next 10 years. When Markram first unveiled his idea at a TEDGlobal conference in Oxford four years ago, few of his peers took him seriously. --- Today, thanks to the largesse of the European Union, which awarded Markram €1bn last year to make his dream a reality, many of those naysayers are being forced to take him seriously. The gift, which comes on top of a state-of-the-art IBM Blue Gene computer from the Swiss government, makes Markram's unit at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne the biggest dog on the neuro block.
I think this is fascinating. Too bad my own brain is not well functioning enough to understand the brain.
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I've always been curious to see from when s the first true AI came, whether it was from direct imitation of our neural functioning or a completely new direction. Looks like the former just took a big step toward being the winner!
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Forget the hype, he's not trying to create an artificial brain, he's doing statistical calculations on how he thinks the human brain might work.
"Yet, in all, the brain contains 86 billion neurons. On top of that, to fully understand the operation of every synapse and how they interact with neurons in other parts of the neo-cortex, scientists would need to trace all of the 100 trillion connections between them – something that is impossible to do experimentally."
Using a supercomputer, he hopes to work out the structure of the brain. I'm sceptical he'll be able to find out anything useful but even if he does, he'll only be able to map 1% of the brain in total. I won't say it's a waste of money because you've got to try these things but we shouldn't get our hopes up too high.
Whilst I too am somewhat sceptical about how far he can go, however it is likely to lead to a new way of computing and looking at science. It's ground breaking no matter if he actually manages to do it or not.
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The fundamental problem is the trade off between accuracy and flexibility. The human brain can do all kinds of wonderful things, but it does it at a great trade off to accuracy. No matter how good someone is at something, there is the ability to make errors. Once it is flawed in this way, the value of a computer system would drop greatly as its reliability would always be questionable.
I think it's an interesting theoretical exercise, but at the end of the day the result will not be what some people are hoping for.
Maybe the experiment has already been done and we're all the result?
But yes, the difference between AI and actually consciousness, the ability to really 'be', is totally fascinating. I guess religious people call that the soul. Me, I do not know what i call it but I doubt it can be replicated.
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