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The Human Brain Project Receives Up To $1.34 Billion 181

New submitter TheRedWheelbarrow writes "The singularity looms as the Human Brain Project gets up to $1.34 billion in funding. 'The challenge in AI is to design algorithms that can produce intelligent behavior and to use them to build intelligent machines. It doesn't matter whether the algorithms are biologically realistic — what matters is that they work — the behavior they produce. In the HBP, we're doing something completely different...we will base the technology on what we actually know about the brain and its circuitry.'"
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The Human Brain Project Receives Up To $1.34 Billion

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  • by srussia ( 884021 ) on Wednesday January 30, 2013 @01:05PM (#42739785)
    But the following proviso is misguided: "It doesn't matter whether the algorithms are biologically realistic--what matters is that they work--the behavior they produce."

    The basic algorithm to produce human behavior is essentially biological:
    10: Wine
    20: Women
    30: Song
    40: GOTO 10

    Sex, drugs and rock & roll for you hipsters out there (and quit trespassing on my lawn to collect magic mushooms).
  • by fahrbot-bot ( 874524 ) on Wednesday January 30, 2013 @01:44PM (#42740263)

    It seems unclear to me that human brains produce "intelligent behavior." It seems to depend on the brain. Only a few per hundred seem to work really well, but up to half of them can file TPS reports.

    The popularity of TV shows like "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" and "The Housewives of _______", not to mention the people actually *on* those shows, would seem to support your thesis.

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