Artificial brain '10 years away' - End of the human race?
A detailed, functional artificial human brain can be built within the next 10 years, a leading scientist has claimed.
Henry Markram, director of the Blue Brain Project, has already simulated elements of a rat brain.
He told the TED Global conference in Oxford that a synthetic human brain would be of particular use finding treatments for mental illnesses.
Around two billion people are thought to suffer some kind of brain impairment, he said.
"It is not impossible to build a human brain and we can do it in 10 years," he said.
"And if we do succeed, we will send a hologram to TED to talk."
Isaac Asimov's positronic brain is becoming to be a fact and not fictional.
A positronic brain is a fictional technological device, originally conceived by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. Its role is to serve as a central computer for a robot, and, in some unspecified way, to provide it with a form of consciousness recognizable to humans. When Asimov wrote his first robot stories in 1939/1940, the positron was a newly discovered particle and so the buzz word positronic, coined by analogy with electronic, added a contemporary gloss of popular science to the concept.
The point is clear we are moving into the direction of creating androids or robots the vision of so many science fiction writers. Yes of course the artificial brain will be good for finding treatment for mental illnesses, but its going to lead to other things even the start of more sophisticated robotic warfare. A US robot and a android military machine comes to mind straight away.
Will this be dangerous to mankind are we on the verge of creating a future enemy and is this the ultimate path that human kind was intended to take to create a race of super beings to rule this planet and perhaps the universe?
Well creating an artificial brain of course will have some attached problems and my over active mind indicates great dangers a head for human survival. Perhaps I am wrong!
But are we building the tool for our own destruction?