So, it looks like we are well on our way of either creating Skynet, the Matrix robots, or that horrible iRobot nightmare (which is Kenneth Price’s favorite movie, by the way). Just look what is happening over at IBM!
Part of a field called “cognitive computing”, the research will bring together neurobiologists, computer and materials scientists and psychologists. As a first step in its research the project has been granted $4.9m (£3.27m) from US defence agency Darpa. The resulting technology could be used for large-scale data analysis, decision making or even image recognition. “The mind has an amazing ability to integrate ambiguous information across the senses, and it can effortlessly create the categories of time, space, object, and interrelationship from the sensory data,” says Dharmendra Modha, the IBM scientist who is heading the collaboration.
I’m going to have my nuke-bunker in the DC suburbs. It is close by, and oh-so roomy.