DARPA wants to build a machine that would be based on the neocortex, the (large) part of the human brain involved in higher functions like motor control, language, sensory activity and thought processes. The agency has put out a Request For Information on research of a "Cortical Processor" that they could use for analysis and detecting anomalies in large, complex data sets. In short, they want to basically build a version of an artificial human brain, one with temporal and spatial recognition that can solve "extraordinarily difficult recognition problems in real-time."
"The cortical computational model should be fault tolerant to gaps in data, massively parallel, extremely power efficient, and highly scalable. It should also have minimal arithmetic precision requirements, and allow ultra-dense, low power implementations," the request states. And what will DARPA do with that? It's not entirely clear, and the agency may not be totally sure itself. The research call asks developers to come up with potential new applications for this type of system.
DARPA has already made inroads on creating brain-like computing systems through their SyNAPSE (Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics) program, a biologically inspired computing project. In the third phase of SyNAPSE, DARPA-funded IBM researchers recently debuted a new brain-based computer chip called True North that mimics the organization and function of the brain with "neurosynaptic cores" that emulate neurons.
One day, DARPA would like to be able to build a machine that can think, sense and understand its environment, and find patterns and associations like the human mind does, with the brain's small size and energy efficiency. Eventually this would also them to build robots with intelligence levels similar to mice or cats.
Just create the human interface to this new computer, add a connection to the internet and I will be so happy!
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How's about working on a human brain with the same capabilities as a mammal? Those seem to be in short supply these days,
Perhaps PopSci could employ this brain like computer to write articles, so they won't have to use four year old material as filler.
Why not just 3D print a brain with all the connections and fire it up.
I thought this had already been done. If DARPA is wanting it, then it's got some giant application for it already in mind. I would love to know what that is. Let's get some more details on what they are looking for in this brain. DARPA is also quite fond of cutting their budget for these things by using the global talent pool. What do you want DARPA? You already have autonomous drones... perhaps a big enough brain would allows an auto pilot for current things that require "analysts" to do. This would solve the information privacy issue wouldn't it. This is also eluding to the fact that DARPA wants a super processor to do something that humans cant do. Something important. Every time we depend on a new computer system to do something we give up more power to automation. We should all be able to know what that is and gauge its impact on society. Let's not forget who DARPA works for... the DoD. Enough said. Distrust and fear of top secret hidden agenda already initialized lol.
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"Eventually this would also them to build robots with intelligence levels similar to mice or cats."
I laugh at the way popular articles like this minimize the emanation of near human or super human AI. Using DARPA's approach (which, by the way, is both applied and pure research), which has both practical applications and the noble goal of emanating the human brain in an artificial vessel, if you can build a robot of "mice or cat" level intelligence, then it is a linear process to build a robot that not only has human/super-human intelligence, but to build one that thinks remarkably like a human does (minus the emotions).
This article might also be helpful http://technochapter.blogspot.ae/2013/08/computer-can-read-letters-directly-from.html
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