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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RE[2]: I hope they can resist ...
by sbergman27 on Thu 23rd Apr 2009 00:46 UTC in reply to "RE: I hope they can resist ..."
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if it did, you'd have to treat it as a human being right?

Why? Large numbers of human beings in this world are not treated like human beings. Unless the computer is powerful enough to defend its own rights, I wouldn't expect it to do any better than real human beings who lack the power to defend their own rights.

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