IBM has developed a microprocessor which it claims comes closer than ever to replicating the human brain.
The system is capable of “rewiring” its connections as it encounters new information, similar to the way biological synapses work.
Researchers believe that by replicating that feature, the technology could start to learn.
Cognitive computers may eventually be used for understanding human behaviour as well as environmental monitoring.
Dharmendra Modha, IBM’s project leader, explained that they were trying to recreate aspects of the mind such as emotion, perception, sensation and cognition by “reverse engineering the brain.”
In humans and animals, synaptic connections between brain cells physically connect themselves depending on our experience of the world.
The process of learning is essentially the forming and strengthening of connections.
A machine cannot solder and de-solder its electrical tracks. However, it can simulate such a system by “turning up the volume” on important input signals, and paying less attention to others.
Instead of stronger and weaker links, such a system would simply remember how much “attention” to pay to each signal and alter that depending on new experiences.
Some future-gazers in the cognitive computing world have speculated that the technology will reach a tipping point where machine consciousness is possible.
However, Dr Mark Bishop, professor of cognitive computing at Goldsmiths, was more cautious.
“[I] understand cognition to be something over and above a process simulated by the execution of mere computations, [and] see such claims as verging on the magical,” he said.
Source: The BBC.
The only thing Frankenstein missed, was the latest chip from IBM. Than the monster would be able to work towards its own destruction.
Man do not need the latest chip from IBM. Man has been perfectly able to create the Atomic bomb without the help of any microchip. But is the day comes, when the robots can think for them selves, I am sure they will be able to come up with something even more devilish.
The Bible explains that man many times have tried to play “god’. The first time was in the garden of Eden.
And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”
When men tries to play God, you can only be sure of one thing. He brings a curse on his won head, and will be banished.
So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken
Written by Ivar.