Brainmakers: How Scientists Moving Beyond Computers Create Rival to Humn Brain

Brainmakers: How Scientists Moving Beyond Computers Create Rival to Humn Brain

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A fascinating tour behind the scenes at laboratories around the world as top researchers race to create revolutionary qthinking machinesq that may one day lead to a new form of intelligence. Join David Freedman as he takes you on a fascinating tour behind the scenes at laboratories around the world as top researchers race to create revolutionary qthinking machinesq that may one day lead to a new form of intelligence. The subject of fantasy and skepticism for centuriesa€”from William James's mechanical bride to 2001's Hal to Star Wars' R2D2a€”artificial intelligence has been limited to number-crunching computers that are qsmartq only in highly specific domains like chessa€”until now. Brainmakers is an eye-opening, mind-expanding, and mind-blowing journey through laboratories engaged in cutting-edge research into neuroscience and robotics. Inside, you'll discover: MIT's Attila, a 3.6-pound, six-legged robot that learns as it interacts with its surroundings. Japan's efforts to grow brain cells on chips and construct a qwiring diagramq of the human brain. UCLA's qrobot farm, q where robots will be qbredq for intelligence. In exciting yet accessible detail, Freedman shows how this research has moved into a new realm that transcends computer science, combining neuroscience, microbiology, evolutionary biology, and zoology. Modeled after natural rather than artificial intelligence, thinking machines may soon develop powers that rivala€”or exceeda€”those of the human brain.Thus when the brain receives the streaks of light and color the eye pulls from an image of an ice cream cone, it first extracts from the pattern salient features such as the triangular outline of the cone and the surface texture of the ice cream, then anbsp;...


Title:Brainmakers: How Scientists Moving Beyond Computers Create Rival to Humn Brain
Author:David H. Freedman
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2010-06-15
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