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21Jul/1118

The Singularity is Far: A Neuroscientist’s View

I haven't read this, I'm just posting it because other people are talking about it.

Ray Kurzweil, the prominent inventor and futurist, can't wait to get nanobots into his brain. In his view, these devices will be equipped with a variety of sensors and stimulators and will communicate wirelessly with computers outside of the body. In addition to providing unprecedented insight into brain function at the cellular level, brain-penetrating nanobots would provide the ultimate virtual reality experience.

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  1. I’ve just come back from a neuroscience workshop, and while they’re making some interesting progress, we’ve still got a lot of effort to go before we even understand what aspects of the brain need to be duplicated to preserve functionality.
    I think that AI research is inherently much faster than neuro-anatomy research, because we don’t need to work with monkeys and scalpels. In computer vision we are finally near the point where we can reliably detect what the objects and people are in a scene and how they are moving with respect to one another. For real-world images, this is something that has only begun to be possible for the last five years or so. Pulling the meaning out of written sentences is another area that is just now appearing (Watson). I expect that within my lifetime I will see a robot that can do robotics research at least as well as I can. That self-improving AI is really the core of the idea of the singularity; the rest is, as I see it, cool futuristic stuff that superintelligent AI would be able to make happen faster.

  2. Singularity is far….closer than people think because of projects like these:
    http://www.kurzweilai.net/henry-markram-simulating-the-brain-next-decisive-years

    And, yes, this alone won’t yield a complete knowledge of how brain works, but will offer a powerful tool that will help grow our knowledge of the brain at a non-linear rate. And that’s without having to rely on nanobots.

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