Wed Jan 06, 2010 15:59
Made Of Silicon, Gold & Copper, The “Brain” Mat Be Answer TO Insanity When It Rolls Out In 2018
London: An artificial mind, perhaps much more intelligent than your own, may someday be a reality, scientists say.
A Swiss team, led by Henry Markram, of the Brain Mind Institute at Ecole Polytechnique in Lausanne, claims to be working on the world’s first artificial conscious and intelligent mind, made of silicon, gold and copper, which they say would be ready latest by 2018.
According to Markram, the artificial mind would render vivisection obsolete, conquer insanity and even improve human intelligence and ability to learn.
What Markram’s “Blue Brain” project amounts to is an audacious attempt to build a computerized copy of a brain – starting with a rat’s brain, then progressing to a human brain - inside one of the world’s most powerful computers, British newspaper the Daily Mail reported.
This will bring into being a sentient mind that will be able to thing, reason, express will, lay down memories and perhaps even experience love, anger, pain, sadness and joy, according to the scientists.
“We will do it by 2018 \. We need a lot of money, but I am getting it. There are few scientists in the world with the resources I have at my disposal,” Markram said.
The Swiss team is in fact building what it hopes will be a real person or at least the most important and complex part of a real person – its mind. And so instead of trying to copy what a brain does, the scientists have started at the bottom, with the biological brain itself.
As human brains are full of nerve cells called neurons, which communicate with each other using, minuscule electrical impulses, the project takes apart actual brain cell by cell, analyses the billion of connections b/w the cells, and then plots these connections into a computer.
The upshot is, in effect, a blue print or carbon copy of a brain rendered in software rather than flesh and blood. The idea is that by building a model of a real brain, it might begin to behave like the real thing, the scientists say.
Markram has already showed a machine that resembles an infernal torture engine: a wheel about 2ft across with a dozen ultra-fine glass “spokes” aimed at the centre. It is here that tiny slivers of rat brain are dissected, using tools finer than a human hair.