Using your term, we didn't 'know' how gravity worked even after Newton's and Kepler's work, still we were able to construct accurate ballistics, because we still knew something.
That example is not congruent with the AI claims made here.
First, we still do not know how gravity works. We have observed its effects and have drawn conclusions that were then formulated into physical "laws", but nobody understands the mechanisms of gravity.
Second, gravity is a very simple process compared with the processes of intelligent thought. We don't even know that thought occurs in the brain. The brain might just be an I/O interface to a completely different repository of intellect that we haven't discovered yet (e.g., what some people call the soul). Maybe, maybe not. We just don't know. Nobody has proven that intelligence resides in the brain. We've only poked at it and observed effects.
Given that level of uncertainty, nobody currently understands neurons and their role in intelligence to do anything more than wild, unprovable guesses.
Unfortunately you can't define what intelligence is, so these not-neurons in a not-brain network may well be producing it and you wouldn't know.
The burden of proof is not on me, but on those making assertions about IBM's chips achieving rodent brain capabilities. I don't need to prove anything, and demanding that AI researchers and the media support their claims with facts is not a strawman argument.
>We are talking about reproducing the intelligence of a rodent brain.
No. We're not. We're talking about *simulating* a rodent's brain to the limits of our current understanding
Sorry, no. The Wired article title in "IBM’s ‘Rodent Brain’ Chip Could Make Our Phones Hyper-Smart". The title is derived from IBM scientist Dharmendra Modha's description of what IBM built: "You’re looking at a small rodent,”
The claim, at least by Wired, is that IBM has simulated the intelligence of a "small rodent."
The point is that AI researchers and the media keep recklessly spewing outrageous, but unjustified, claims about what they've achieved.
They need to stop.
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