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Creating a “Singular Brain?” What kinds?

Posted on: January 25, 2011

Raymond Kurzwell believes that fabricating a brain is far simpler than we apprehend it to be.  He says that brain structure is in the genome, and genome is at a manageable level of complexity to master.

I agree with Raymond Kurzwell that creating or producing a brain is feasible.  The question is: “What kind of brain we might end up with?  Is the created brain will ever perform at the level of any lower primate?  Will the brain behaves as we expect in complexity and flexibility? Will the brain be the image product of the “artificial intelligence” programs and algorithms that feed it with signals, data, and information and the way signals are transmitted by the growing and evolving brain?  Will the brain be a brain or just an amalgam of cells, tissues, neurons, synapses…that fire haphazardly with no purpose or goal?”

Yes, I believe that we can grow and create a brain under an incubator, fed artificially with nutrients and excited artificially with all kinds of sensory appropriate signals and cognitive information.  The question remains: “What end product might we end up with? Do we need for every single brain produced to be tested and validated for normal performance and behavior?  And what are the performance and behavior criteria we are comparing to?  Is the quality control technique still valid in this case?”

Otherwise, if every product is to be exhaustively tested then, we is the profit?  No enterprise will ever invest a dime in that project.  Not even the Pentagon will invest in more than two version, for curiosity sake. Even if we can install thousands of incubators to mass produce brains, as with enriched uranium, the fact that every single brain has to be tested and validated for long time is not what industries want to invest in.  Still, it is premature to scratch that project if you hear “professors and promoters” at Singularity University campus located in NASA and funded by Google and the Pentagon.

Our normally developed brain is already too frustratingly complicated to comprehend its processes:  Those thousands of tests and experiments done on brain and mankind psychological and social behaviors have not led to reducing the level of complexity in the functioning of the brain in any significant way.

May be we have to wait until we understand how our brain functions so that we might be able to test and validate incubator’s products.  Anyway, there is no harm to start producing a “specimen brain” so that we learn the daunting task ahead of us to circumventing natural evolution and stop bragging of mankind intelligent power to developing any kind of technology and comprehending the universe.

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