14 Becoming Gods

The Super Brain will not be Digital—it will be Analog

When we think about the Super Brain Computer (SBC), the first thing that may come to mind is a digital brain because all the devices we have thus far are digital.

Not so.

21st Century Wire states in the headline of a column that was written in May 2015 that The New A.I. Brain Has Arrived – And It’s Analog, Not Digital.

The article continues with the following revealing statement (emphasis in original),

“Artificial brains are man-made machines that are just as intelligent, creative, and self-aware as humans. No such machine has yet been built, but it is only a matter of time. Given current trends in neuroscience, computing, and nanotechnology, we estimate that artificial general intelligence will emerge sometime in the 21st century, maybe even by the year 2050.”

We might not have to wait that long. A group of scientists Down Under believe they’ve made the next big breakthrough in AI by configuring an analogue solution which outperforms its digital counterpart on multiple levels…

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“This is the closest we have come to creating a brain-like system with memory that learns and stores analog information and is quick at retrieving this stored information,” said project leader and co-leader of the RMIT Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group, Dr Sharath Sriram. [Ibid. op. cit.]

Scientists have now developed an electronic long-term memory cell that directly mimics human brain cells. This is, they say, a step towards creating a bionic brain, i.e. an analog, and not a digital, brain, and this memory cell will also have learning capabilities, just as we do.

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