Creating Artificial Intelligence Based on the Real Thing

Creating Artificial Intelligence Based on the Real Thing - New York Times

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“At the outset, Dharmendra S. Modha, the I.B.M. computer scientist leading the project, described the research grandly as ‘the quest to engineer the mind by reverse-engineering the brain.’ The project embarked on supercomputer simulations intended to equal the complexity of animal brains — a cat and then a monkey. In science blogs and online forums, some neuroscientists sharply criticized I.B.M. for what they regarded as exaggerated claims of what the project could achieve.” (Steve Lohr, NYTimes.com)