6.07.2005

 

Simulating a complete human brain

As more and more computing cycles become available and we start to approach computers able to handle one quadrillion operations per second, this makes complete sense:

IBM links with Swiss team to build model of brain

From the article:See also: Mission to build a simulated brain begins

See Robotic Nation for complete details.

Comments:
Jeff Hawkins makes a point thus in his book "On Intelligence":

Anybody can recognize a face in one-half second, but a computer still cannot do it reliably, even with millions of operations. If we think the brain synapses work at 200 operations per second, even with massively parallel computing (the million steps rule), how is our brain able to do something so seemingly complex in only 100 operations?

There must be some REALLY SIMPLE algorithm we are missing, one that even a huge, fast computer will not be able to duplicate, just because we are going about things in the wrong way.

Be that as it may, the effort is laudable, and may accidently stumble on the magic formula to how memories are stored, sensations are felt, and consciousness is created.
 
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