Yglesias

DARPA Funding Artificial Brain Research

CREDIT:

Just in time for Ridley Scott to announce work on a sequel or prequel to Blade Runner comes the news that IBM “has developed a microprocessor which it claims comes closer than ever to replicating the human brain.”

Specifically the SyNAPSE supposedly is capable of “re-wiring” in much the same way biological synapses work. This is apparently all being funded by DARPA, which gets to throw money around on cool-sounding, possibly useful, possibly pointless highly speculative projects since it has the word “defense” in its acronym. The egg is really going to be on their face when the learning robots of tomorrow overthrow and enslave us. Just think how much we could get done if we called it the Defense California High Speed Rail Initiative.