The Early Days of a Better Nation

Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday cat blogging takes on a whole new meaning

Darpa funds cognitive computing project:
IBM will join five US universities in an ambitious effort to integrate what is known from real biological systems with the results of supercomputer simulations of neurons. The team will then aim to produce for the first time an electronic system that behaves as the simulations do.

The longer-term goal is to create a system with the level of complexity of a cat's brain.
I for one welcome ... nah. We're doomed, I tell you. Doomed!


Sugar caves and all that.

It's the technical advances being made by the feline would-be Daleks you have to worry about. All they need now is armour and tasers.

Did someone say armour for cats?

Nah, we're not doomed. As long as we provide the cat-brain systems with enough tuna fish and squeaky toys, that is.

Just so as it doesn't walk all over me at 4:30 in the morning, because it wants breakfast.

(I am wryly amused to note that the challenge word for this post is lichfur.)

Paging Lord Jestocost...

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FRIENDS---I have almost no idea of what this quote means. Isn't a simulation ALREADY electronic? If some neuron has been simulated on a supercomputer what more do you want? If I am to be converted from my AI skepticism, the pundits had better improve their writing skills. Or was this written at a distance by some science journalist who has no real knowledge of his or her subject?

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