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: All these questions
by ssa2204 on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 21:32 UTC in reply to "All these questions"
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I read an article just a few weeks back that described how by 2020 the U.S. military wants autonomous drones to replace the current remote controlled UAVs. Now it did make a lot of sense, the reaction time from the controller in Arizona to the Predator flying in Afghanistan does create problems. But it does bring up a disturbing question about having an AI determine who is the enemy and when it should lock in for a kill. I can't remember which Scifi author said this, but it was "The Science Fiction of today is the science fact of tomorrow".

Now think of Terminator and the autonomous drone killing in Afghanistan, or think of Blade Runner and this "Brain".

I wonder if a scientist someday in the future when developing some AI will repeat "I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds". Point is humans are still so immature as they simply harness power yet are incapable of wielding it. We are after all talking about a species that even in this 22nd century still clings to the beliefs of ignorance and fear.

The most popular theme of today's generation in Scifi really is the idea of AI's and such going beyond the control of humans; Matrix, Blade Runner, Battlestar Galactica, I Robot, Terminator, etc.. I just wonder if we are now at the dawn of something great....or something very bad

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RE[2]: All these questions
by panzi on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 22:08 in reply to "RE: All these questions"
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Actually the US used computers to automatically determine attach targets in the vietnam war. That went "well", as we all know by the pictures we have of this war.

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RE[3]: All these questions
by gustl on Thu 23rd Apr 2009 10:42 in reply to "RE[2]: All these questions"
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Actually the US used computers to automatically determine attach targets in the vietnam war. That went "well", as we all know by the pictures we have of this war.


Yeah, but it's still is a difference between thinking up some stupid algorithm which decides something, but is inherently deterministic and creating an AI which is non-deterministic and also not necessarily equipped with social behaviour, and let that thing decide what to do with it's power to kill.

If those machines were built not to kill, but to catch enemy targets (some sort of intelligent, walking prison cell), their power would not be as easy to misuse, even if they went on the rampage.

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