Looks like someone’s working on one of Ray Kurzweil’s many futurist projects…Kwabena Boahen, an associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University, leads a research group that is trying to mimic the functions of the brain’s complex neural system using silicon chips.
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Very interesting. Though, the article doesn’t make clear how he’s trying to mimic biological computation–in other words, is he trying to build something that actually functions in the same way that biological systems work, or is he just using the same old transistors/logic to achieve the results that a biological system produces? At the end of the article it sounds like he’s trying to build something that could replace neurons, but even that doesn’t really answer the question.
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