BLUE BRAIN – the search for strong artificial intelligence. Creating a mechanized “copy” of brain function.
For me it’s one of the world’s most significant and intriguing science projects along with DARPA SyNAPSE which is also working towards strong AI but in a very different way.
Using an IBM Blue Gene Supercomputer, Blue Brain is working to create a simulation of many of the interactions in the Neocortex of the brain (think “where we think”). Progress after a few years of the project seems pretty steady although DARPA SyNAPSE has been a lot more money lately as it dips into the massive resources of the US military.
As the hunt for general artificial intelligence aka “thinking, conscious machines” heats up some of the more promising projects are getting a modest level of funding, and it now seems likely we’ll have some significant progress over the next few years. Hopefully
We’ve written a lot about DARPA SyNAPSE and the BLUE BRAIN projects, but a new exciting one in Europe (not sure about the name though) is called …
Novel Brain‐Inspired Learning Paradigms for Large‐Scale
• Our vision: To build a novel type of computing
machinery, exhibiting human‐like learning
• Our approach: To port leaning and adaptation
mechanisms in the brain to brain‐inspired
• Our path: An interdisciplinary roadmap from
neuroscience to technology.
•Explore: Use cutting‐edge techniques to gain
insight in how the brain learns.
•Understand: Understand the results through
mathematical analysis and simulation.
• Implement: Study the implementation in novel
Read more at the University of Heidleberg’s Brain-i-Nets website