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http://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/hardware/the-brain-as-computer-bad-at-math-good-at-everything-else

'f course, the brain didn’t evolve to perform arithmetic. So it does that rather badly. But it excels at processing a continuous stream of information from our surroundings. And it acts on that information—sometimes far more rapidly than we’re aware of. No matter how much energy a conventional computer consumes, it will struggle with feats the brain finds easy, such as understanding language and running up a flight of stairs.

If we could create machines with the computational capabilities and energy efficiency of the brain, it would be a game changer. Robots would be able to move masterfully through the physical world and communicate with us in plain language. Large-scale systems could rapidly harvest large volumes of data from business, science, medicine, or government to detect novel patterns, discover causal relationships, or make predictions. Intelligent mobile applications like Siri or Cortana would rely less on the cloud. The same technology could also lead to low-power devices that can support our senses, deliver drugs, and emulate nerve signals to compensate for organ damage or paralysis. ...'

Date: 2017-06-11 04:37 (UTC)
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I wonder if a biomechanoid approach would be feasible.  In simplest terms, if the old saw about how we only use 10% of our brain is true, then a properly organized and repurposed animal brain ought to work just fine! [Cordwainer Smith's SF stories worked with this:  His robots ran on, for example, “an amplified chicken brain,” and the result was what seemed a moronic human but an amazingly capable robot!]

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