Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 17:14 UTC, submitted by orfanum
Geek stuff, sci-fi... A detailed simulation of a small region of a brain built molecule by molecule has been constructed and has recreated experimental results from real brains. The "Blue Brain" has been put in a virtual body, and observing it gives the first indications of the molecular and neural basis of thought and memory. Scaling the simulation to the human brain is only a matter of money, says the project's head. The work was presented at the European Future Technologies meeting in Prague.
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Ethics
by WereCatf on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 18:50 UTC
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AI development is an interesting topic, and a real tough nut to crack. As such, simulated brains is a really interesting topic. However, when/if scientists eventually develop virtual brains with enough complexity to allow independent, non-aided thought-process and emotions they will have created actual virtual human-made life.

The problem is, are you killing someone if you turn off such a virtual personality? Where do you draw the line between a life and non-life? If you have no biological body but can feel emotions, can think for yourself, can even discuss with others does that still mean that others should be allowed to decide whether you live or die, on a whim, without consequences?

I personally lean towards the idea that once the virtual personality has reached a certain point it should gain some rights and not be allowed to be dismissed without consequences.

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